Each week when the community comes together for Mass, we gather to listen to the Word, partake of the Eucharist, and to pray. The Prayer of the Faithful is the same in terms of our need, but always an opportunity to approach God collectively in a way that reflects the richness of our particular celebration. This series of prayers by Father Michael Kwatera is grounded in the present moment in the church. He draws on the readings, the significance of feasts, and other celebrations. He is also attuned to the many ways we approach God, in language that is clear and attentive to the oral quality of the prayer.
"To place prayerful words on human lips and in human hearts is a most sacred work," writes Father Kwatera in the introduction. The fruit of this work is a set of texts that invites the community to draw near to God each week in prayer.
The Collegeville Prayer of the Faithful Annual includes a CD-ROM of intercessions that can be easily adapted for parish use. Each prayer is provided in a Word file that allows users to easily personalize the intercessions for their own parish.
Father Michael Kwatera, OSB, PhD, is Director of Oblates for Saint Johns Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is also a teacher and practitioner of Christian Liturgy and is the author of several Liturgical Press books, including Come to the Feast: Liturgical Theology of, by, and for Everybody (2005), and the coauthor of To Thank and Bless: Prayers at Meals (2007).
"Once again, Michael Kwatera, OSB, uses his gift to craft Prayers of the Faithful which are full, but simple; flowing, but succinct. In revisiting each days readings, Fr. Kwatera seeks to present our age-old, yet new-today prayers in a coherent style which invites adaptation by each assembly. This is a welcome addition to any liturgists work space."
-Sister Marie Garman, IHM, Incarnation of Our Lord Convent, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Michael has created an essential resource for anyone charged with the task of writing prayers. Whether used 'as is' or adapted to local needs, his beautiful and poetic imagery brings new life to the prayer of the community."
-Barbara Guenther, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"I currently use Fr. Michael Kwatera's book for Cycle A as a guide in preparing the Prayers of the Faithful for our liturgies and am very pleased to see that he continues to connect the prayer intentions to the prayer of the Psalm for the day. The rhythm, phrasing, and content of the intercessions are easily read by the Lector, and they draw the assembly into more meaningful prayer. I look forward to continuing to use this wonderful resource in preparing the Prayers of the Faithful."
-Pat Spence, Liturgist, Immaculate Conception Church, Rice, Minnesota
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