Friday, February 20, 2015

The Lectionary: A Treasure for Liturgy and Prayer

Now You Know Media has a new set out by Fr. Felix Just on the Lectionary.  It looks quite good.  Here is some information about it:
“The study of the sacred page, is as it were, the soul of sacred theology” (Dei Verbum, 24). This teaching from Vatican II emphasizes the importance of studying the Scriptures. But have you fully considered how you encounter the Word of God during the liturgy?
Thoughtful Catholics just like you listen to the readings during mass. Many study the Bible individually but most have not examined the careful and beautiful composition of the Lectionary for Mass. Even if you have undertaken such a careful examination, imagine doing so anew with fresh insight and an expert guide.
You undoubtedly know about the main seasons of the Christian liturgical year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time), but do you know which biblical readings are used at Mass and other liturgies celebrated in each season? What patterns connect the readings of one Sunday to the next? What are the connections between the several readings used at each liturgy?
This course explores the structure and contents of the Lectionary for Mass, provides an overview of its history and development, and suggests ways you can use it more fully. The course is designed not only for people already involved in liturgical ministries but also for any Christian who wants to become more familiar with the Lectionary and the liturgical year.
This 18-lecture program will also greatly increase your ability to use the Lectionary more regularly and more fully throughout the liturgical year.
Fr. Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D., is the Director of Biblical Education at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, California. After receiving his Doctorate in New Testament Studies from Yale University, he taught at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University. He was also director of the Center for Religion and Spirituality at LMU, and dean of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Deacon Formation Programs for the Diocese of Las Vegas. He regularly teaches courses, gives public lectures, and leads biblically-based days of prayer, parish missions, and weekend or weeklong retreats. 

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