In this series of prayers, Father Michael Kwatera draws on the readings, the significance of feasts, and other celebrations. He is also attuned to the many ways we approach God, in language that is clear and attentive to the oral quality of the prayer. The Collegeville Prayer of the Faithful Annual includes a CD-ROM of intercessions that can be easily adapted for parish use. Each prayer is provided in a Word file that allows users to easily personalize the intercessions for their own parish.
Father Michael Kwatera, OSB, PhD, is Director of Oblates and Director of Liturgy for Saint JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is also a teacher and practitioner of Christian Liturgy and is the author of several Liturgical Press books, including Come to the Feast: Liturgical Theology of, by, and for Everybody (2005), and the coauthor of To Thank and Bless: Prayers at Meals (2007).
These prayers are rooted in scripture and the feasts and seasons of the liturgical calendar. They are beautifully poetic texts which cannot be merely read, but must be prayed. The Collegeville Prayer of the Faithful Annual, 2008 is a must-have resource for anyone charged with the task of composing prayers for their faith community.
- Barbara Guenther; Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community; Albuquerque, New Mexico
Based on readings of the day, these prayers are well-crafted and easy to expand, drawing the assembly to recall the Scripture text, as well as the needs of Gods people, here and now. This work is a worthwhile source for anyone who plans and facilitates liturgy, whether for parish, seminary, religious house, or campus community.
- Marie Garman, IHM; Incarnation of Our Lord Convent; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This collection can be easily adapted in the parish each Sunday. It can also inspire the liturgist or pastor as she or he writes custom-made Prayers of the Faithful each week for the local parish.
- Peggy Lovrien; Director of Liturgy; Diocese of Winona