This collection of prayer services by liturgical composer David Haas contains services for each week of Year A as well as key feast days. The services are written in the spirit of whole community catechesis, and can be used with both adult groups and intergenerational gatherings. Each prayer services features the following elements:
- an invitation to prayer
- a reading of the gospel from the previous Sunday or feast day
- a "question of the week," one for adults and one for children, based on the gospel reading, which breaks open the Word for faith sharing and personal reflection
- a second question that offers an opportunity to connect the gospel reading to the particular focus of the meeting or gathering at hand
- a litany of faith that can be sung or spoken
- a prayer and final blessing.
A unique feature of this collection is the inclusion of music by David Haas including song refrains that can be used at various times during the services.
David Haas resides in Eagan, Minnesota, where he is director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry and serves as campus minister / artist-in-residence at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he also teaches in the theology and music departments. Highly regarded as one of the preeminent liturgical music composers in the English-speaking world, he has produced more than 45 collections of original music. His liturgical works are sung and prayed throughout the world and appear in hymnals of many Christian denominations and in many languages. A native of Bridgeport, Michigan, and the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, David is a 1975 graduate of Bridgeport High School and studied vocal music performance, piano, and conducting at Central Michigan University. He completed his studies in music performance, liturgy, and theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Presently an active member of St. Cecilia Church in St. Paul, he formerly served as director of music and liturgy at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ankeny, Iowa and The Church of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park, Minnesota as well as being composer-in-residence at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Minneapolis. From 1985-1988 he was an adjunct instructor and composer-in-residence at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, during which time he was very active internationally in writing, composing, and presenting workshops and seminars on the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. During these years, David was part of what is commonly referred to as the Minnesota School in collaboration with two of his colleagues, Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen, in producing some of the most popular and effective music for the Church's worship that has appeared in the days following the Second Vatican Council.