Glenn CJ Byer with Michael R. Prendergast
A resource that answers the most common questions and covers the history of the ministry as well as other important topics
Explores every aspect of this ancient, essential and noble ministry
Today's ministers of hospitality (or ushers) do much more than hold doors and hand out bulletins. This new book, the latest in OCP's Basics series, explores every aspect of this ancient, essential and noble ministry.
Answers common questions, covers the ministry's history
Written in essay format and organized by topic, the book answers the most common questions and covers the history of the ministry, the normal patterns of celebration, the minister through the liturgical year, and the relationship between these ministers, presiders and musicians.
Offers practical advice on modern challenges like cell phones
But the book goes far beyond spiritual and liturgical subjects. It also offers practical advice on modern issues like parking, cell phones, cry rooms, first aid, security, and room temperature. Other sections cover accessibility for people with physical challenges, multicultural issues, and interfaith/ecumenical celebrations.
The authors are both widely published liturgy experts
The authors are both widely published liturgy experts. The former manager of OCP's Liturgy.com, Glenn earned his sacred liturgy doctorate (SLD) from Sant Anselmo in Rome. Michael is co-author, with Glenn, of Parish Liturgy Basics, Revised Edition. The book also includes wisdom from the late Sulpician Father Eugene Walsh, known for his numerous writings on liturgical renewal.
An especially good resource for clergy, ushers and pastoral musicians
In a sense, we're all ministers of hospitality -- in and outside church. Welcoming is a fundamental Christian attitude and activity. So while the book is an especially good resource for clergy, ushers and pastoral musicians, all who join in communal worship will benefit from its insights.
An essential guide to an unsung ministry, Hospitality Basics deserves a place in every parish library.
ISBN-13: 978-1-56929-079-8 [8 x 10, softcover]