Sacraments & Other Matters Liturgical Vol III
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Volume Three of this trilogy on the Liturgy for the People of God deals with the Sacraments of Initiation, the Sacrament of Marriage, Penance and the Anointing of the Sick, Funerals, the Concept of the Liturgical Year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, the Sundays and Weekdays of Ordinary Time), Mary and the Saints, Liturgical Music, Art and Environment, Vestments and Robes, Posture and Gestures, Culture and Liturgy along with some thoughts about the future. Here the author points out that the sacraments are transcendent human experiences through which we enter into the world of faith. The classical definition of a sacrament is that it is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Christ himself is, of course, the preeminent sign from which all the other sacraments derive their efficacy. In this volume Father Miller also treats of the peripheral matters that people often complain about and which impact, for good or ill, the celebration of the sacraments: music, art, posture, gestures, cultural expressions, the environment, etc. He does so in a way which makes us smile and think at the same time. Many things which we thought we understood are presented in such a manner that we find ourselves blessed with new insights into old truths. Volume One of this series deals with the Foundations of Vatican II Liturgy and Volume Two treats in detail the Celebration of the Eucharist.