CHI RHO CONNECTION
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Vol. V, No. 15 Special Notice
21 September 2004
1. 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar Published
And Posted on Web Site
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1. 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar Published
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, Year A, November
2004 through November 2005, compiled by Raye-Anne
Dorn and the Rev. Clay Witt. $11.95 each, six or
more copies, $9.50 each, plus shipping and handling.
The 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar is published and
is up on our Web site, thanks to the efforts of our
Chi Rho Press is pleased to announce a brand new
Liturgical Calendar for the coming 2004-2005 church
year. The Liturgical Calendar features readings from
the Revised Common Lectionary, widely used as the
ecumenical consensus on readings for each Sunday and
holy day in the three-year cycle. Our Liturgical
Calendar is packed with useful information for
planning worship and preaching in the local church
for each Sunday and Holy Day of the Church Year.
It is intended for use by pastors, musicians, altar
guilds, teachers, theological students, and anyone
using the Church Year as a basis for worship or
education. The Liturgical Calendar is spiral bound
so it can lie flat for easy use, in the popular 8 ½"
x 11" format.
Featured in this new Liturgical Calendar are these
sections: A Heading that identifies the day in the
church year (for example, the First Sunday of Advent,
or Proper 20) with alternative descriptions where
appropriate. The Revised Common Lectionary readings,
including a brief summary of each reading. (These
are intended as only a very brief overview to identify
general themes as an aid to worship planning. We do
not represent them as anything approaching a thorough
exegesis.) The First Reading is usually from the
Hebrew Testament, but there are exceptions, such as
the use of readings from Acts during the Easter season.
These are sometimes selected thematically to fit the
Liturgical Calendar, but often are simply being read
through key passages over a series of weeks. This is
followed by a Response, usually a Psalm. The Epistle
Reading is next, like the Hebrew Testament Reading
typically a series of key passages from the same book
being read over a number of weeks. Finally the Gospel
Reading follows the story of Jesus through the
Christmas and Easter cycles, plus the teachings of
Jesus the rest of the year.
Next is a section on Worship Planning, including the
liturgical Color of the day, Symbols and decorations
that can be used to enhance the worship experience,
and Special Events and secular and Jewish holidays
for the week which the congregation may want to
remember and commemorate on Sunday.
Rev. Witt has added lots of Notes in the Worship
Planning section which serve to explain in more
detail information about the time of the church year,
provide resources for further study and information,
and develop liturgical themes to make your worship
experience more rich and meaningful.
The last section for each Sunday is called Following
God's Footprints and is the unique contribution of
Raye-Anne Dorn. For every day of the year, Raye-Anne
gives us a traditional saint, with a brief overview of an
important theme for which the saint is remembered and
what that particular saint can teach us. Some Diversity
Dates are also included, special occasions for celebrations
of diversity, such as special celebration days for
specific cultures (e.g., Cinco de Mayo) and special
days for the GLBT community (e.g., a day of remembrance
for Matthew Shepard).
The 2004-2005 Liturgical Calendar will be a helpful
aid for anyone involved in planning worship, as well
as a useful resource for all who want to know more
about the Church year and the rich liturgical life
of the Church Universal. We think you will like this
new Liturgical Calendar.
About the Authors:
Raye-Anne Dorn is a former Roman Catholic clergy who
describes herself as being "stuck in pre-Vatican II
times." She is a full-time wife, mother, professional
student, and federal government employee in Washington
DC. She presently seeks, and finds, God at Holy Redeemer
MCC in College Park, Maryland as well as at the local
Catholic Churches, United Methodist Churches, Churches
of the Nazarene, and AME Churches of the metropolitan
Washington DC area. She is a member of the Board of
Directors of Chi Rho Press.
The Rev. Clay H. Witt received his theological education
at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he was
granted an M.Div. in 1996. He also holds a J.D. from
the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in accounting
from Steed College in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is
currently serving as a Pastoral Assistant at MCC
Washington, with a focus on Internet ministry. Among
other things, he is the author of the weekly reflections
called "Soul Food for the Week's Journey" at
<www.soulfoodministry.org>. He served as the founding
pastor of MCC Washington's parish extension, Holy
Redeemer MCC in College Park, Maryland, from 1998
through April 2003. He is a member of the Board of
Directors of Chi Rho Press. He also has a full-time
position as an attorney with the Federal government.
Clay grew up in Eastern Tennessee as a member of the
United Methodist Church. He was active as a layman
in the Protestant chapel program while serving in the
military. He attended worship with Roman Catholic
congregations from time to time in the 1970s and
early 1980s. He had his first experience as a member
of an MCC in San Diego in the mid-1970s. He has been
a member of MCC Washington since the mid-1980s.
How to order: you may now order the 2004-2005
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary on the Chi Rho
Press Web site at this link
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The Liturgical Calendar is $11.95 each, six or more
copies are $9.50 each, plus shipping and handling.
Gracia y paz,
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@...
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