Donal Harrington’s Weekday Prayers: Prayer for Weekday Masses and Prayer Services provides gospel-based prayers for all the weekdays of the year – Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, Ordinary Time, Feasts and selected Saints’ days.
For each weekday there are (a) an introduction to the Mass, based on the gospel, inviting the gathering into a moment of quiet prayer, and (b) two prayers of the faithful, inspired by the gospel of the day.
The book is about more than just providing prayers. The idea is to enrich appreciation of the gospel. This is done by ‘translating’ some of the meaning and message of the day’s gospel into the form of prayer. In the process, the riches of the texts are being explored and articulated.
The book will be of use, first of all, for weekday Mass. It is not always possible to give the same kind of time to preparing for weekday Mass as for Sunday. So these resources will help the celebrant to enter into the gospel of the day and to open it up for the assembly, in the form of prayer.
But there is more to the book’s usefulness. With less priests, there are less weekday Masses and, in their place, more prayer services led by parishioners. The book’s resources will help in the preparation of those services. It will help make them gospel-based and gospel-inspired. It will help those who are gathered to pray with the gospel of the day. It will help them grow into a heartfelt understanding of the gospel.
Donal Harrington is the author of a number of books, including The Welcoming Parish, Christianity at its Best and, most recently, Weekday Prayers. His work as a pastoral consultant with parishes and dioceses has focused mainly on support for pastoral councils and on pastoral planning. He previously lectured in moral theology (Mater Dei Institute) and pastoral theology (All Hallows College). He is married with two children.