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The Brendan Book of Prayer: For Small Groups [Hardcover]

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.82" Width: 4.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 2003
Publisher   Columba Press
ISBN  185607403X  
EAN  9781856074032  

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The reality of small groups, for religious and civil purposes, is growing apace in the world at large. Sometimes the groups of a religious nature are at a loss as to what to do in their meetings. The Brendan Book of Prayer is tailor made for their needs. It helps them to engage constructively with the gospel and base their prayers, spontaneous and other, in the world of God. Because of exposure to the good news, this user-friendly book could change lives forever. The book is aptly named for St. Brendan because the early Irish monks favored a community model of church. They would look kindly on the small groups and communities emerging in our own day. James O'Halloran is an Irish Salesian priest who has been involved with small groups for most of his life.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James O'Halloran is a Salesian who, following long years serving in schools, has worked with small Christian communities and groups on all continents for well nigh forty years as member, coordinator and promoter. This task he has carried out from the halls of academe to parishes and far-flung mission statements. His book Small Christian Communities, Vision and Practicalities is regarded as a seminal work on the subject.

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Uncommon commonality  Oct 2, 2003
St. Brendan was an early Irish monk who had a particular affinity for the community model of the Christian church. In our increasingly individualistic society, the renewed call to community and communal expression of things such as prayer (often held to be primarily a private matter) is very welcome. However, there is also a trend very recently toward the 'mega-church', in which literally thousands of people come together -- in this sort of community, people can remain comfortably anonymous and thus individuals, and unless intentionally formed, the process toward true community will not proceed.

O'Halloran sets out a practical guide for intentional community formation around prayer. This book is a small-format book (the pages are small format, and the book can easily fit into a coat pocket), yet it is designed to be used for community formation over the course of an entire liturgical year. Beginning in Advent, and continuing through the liturgical seasons of Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary time, the pattern is set for 39 meetings. Community does not grow overnight.

The structure of the meetings in O'Halloran's model is simplicity itself -- opening prayer, gospel sharing, reality/action, spontaneous prayer, blessing, and simple hymnody. The reality/action piece is a unique wording; O'Halloran doesn't look for a sermon or homily as such (and hence does not use that wording), but rather he seeks a galvinised emotion that will lead the people of the group to true action, on behalf of the group itself and the wider community. There are set pieces for the liturgical-minded, and spontaneous/fluid pieces for the unstructured sorts. Very practical and useful, this book is a wonderful starting point.

James O'Halloran is a priest well experienced in small group work. In addition to this little gem, he has also written a book about small Christian communities.

Columba Press (name for St. Columba, 'the dove of the church') is a growing press based in Ireland, begun in 1985 with three titles relating to religious and spiritual themes. Since then, they have grown substantially and now publish across a broad range of areas, including pastoral resources, spirituality, theology, the arts, and history. With over 200 books in print, they add another 30 or so each year. Additionally, they are the British/Irish/European distributors for many other titles in the same fields.


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