Alleluia to Amen

The Prayer Book for Catholic Parishes
Author: Justin McClain
Foreword by: Timothy P. O’Malley

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: May 29, 2020

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Alleluia to Amen is an indispensable resource for parish leaders and volunteers looking for prayers to offer at gatherings outside of Mass. Justin McClain, author of Called to Pray and Called to Teach, provides busy leaders like you with original and traditional prayers to help you lead your faith community in prayer with confidence and ease.

While Catholics regularly gather for liturgical celebrations and for devotions such as the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, we also pray in all sorts of settings and for many reasons—to begin and end meetings, to bless events, and to mark the launch of major undertakings such as a capital campaign, for example. We instinctively gather in prayer in sorrow during times of tragedy and in gratitude for unexpected good fortune.

Alleluia to Amen: The Prayer Book for Catholic Parishes has your needs covered for the myriad of occasions that fall outside liturgical celebrations and communal devotions. Catholic author and high school theology teacher Justin McClain provides prayers for:

  • each day of the week;
  • the natural and liturgical seasons of the year;
  • regularly scheduled meetings for various ministry groups;
  • parish events such as service projects, festivals,  and training of liturgical ministers;
  • occasional events and activities such as welcoming a new staff member; and
  • unexpected events and crises.

Product Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594719271

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Fresh and contemporary.”

    “This wonderful collection of prayers is what every parish needs in its library: a fresh, contemporary, and winningly accessible compendium of hope, praise, petition, and thanksgiving. I'm giving this to every priest, deacon, and catechist I know.”

    Deacon Greg Kandra
    Journalist and blogger at The Deacon’s Bench

  • “Immensely practical.”

    “Pray without ceasing. St. Paul said it. The Church recommends it. And Justin McClain’s new book helps us accomplish it. Alleluia to Amen assists those in leadership and supportive roles find the right words to call God’s people to prayer. It is immensely practical and filled with the Spirit. It makes a great gift for parish clergy, catechists, teachers, group leaders, and even Catholic families.”

    Pat Gohn
    Editor of Catechist

  • “Unites liturgy and everyday life.”

    “Justin McClain has taken up the challenge of once again uniting liturgy and everyday life. This is a book that can help parishes everywhere relearn to sanctify each moment of time. It is precisely the kind of book that allows even us busy twenty-first-century Catholics to pray—as best as we are able—without ceasing.”

    From the foreword by Timothy P. O’Malley
    Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life
    University of Notre Dame

  • “Easy format.”

    “The book’s easy format and breadth of prayers allows for people in different stages of their faith journey to be confident in leading prayers for any occasion.”

    Rosie Chinea Shawver
    Director of Campus Ministry
    Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center

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