The Deacon at Mass: A Theological and Pastoral Guide

The Deacon at Mass: A Theological and Pastoral Guide

by William T Ditewig PH.D.


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Far more than a simple how-to manual, this book situates the role of the deacon at the Eucharist-based on the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) and related documents. A step-by-step pastoral guide for deacons and all those concerned with the liturgy, this text looks at everything a deacon must do, may do, and may never do, and offers solid theological and practical rationale for each. This superb work of liturgical catechesis is written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, offering lucid and helpful tips for liturgists and liturgical ministers to make the deacon's service at Mass more effective and meaningful for them and their parishioners. Study questions follow each chapter.

About the Author:
Deacon William T. Ditewig, PhD, is executive director of the Secretariat of the Diaconate and interim executive director of the Secretariat for Evangelization at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809148523
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Pages: 106
Sales rank: 1,030,366
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Catherine Dooley, OP, PhD     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Prayer for Deacons     xiii
Introduction: Contemporary Deacons and the Eucharist     1
The Renewed Diaconate: Why?     3
The Dangers of Functionalism     7
The Deacon's and the Bishop's Ministries     8
The Eucharist as "Source and Summit" of the Deacon's Ministry and Life     13
The Deacon and the New GIRM     16
Conclusions     19
Preparation and Planning     21
Principles and Commentary     21
The Role of the Deacon at Mass     21
The Deacon and the Elements of the Mass     27
Vestments     34
Conclusions     38
Questions for Reflection and Future Planning     40
Introductory Rites     41
Principles and Commentary     41
Text of the GIRM on the Introductory Rites     41
Commentary     45
Conclusions     50
Questions for Reflection and Future Planning     51
Liturgy of the Word     52
Principles and Commentary     52
Text of the GIRM on the Liturgy of the Word     52
Commentary     57
Conclusions     66
Questions for Reflection and Future Planning     67
Liturgy of the Eucharist     68
Principles and Commentary     68
Text of the GIRM on the Liturgy of the Eucharist     68
Commentary     74
Conclusions     84
Questions for Reflection and Future Planning     85
Concluding Rites     86
Principles and Commentary     86
Text of the GIRM on the Concluding Rites     86
Commentary     87
Questions for Reflection and Future Planning     89
Concluding Reflection: The Deacon in the Sacred Liturgy     90
Liturgical Vestments of the Deacon     93
Glossary     96
Bibliography     99

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