Magazine article Momentum

Together We Pray

Magazine article Momentum

Together We Pray

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Together We Pray By Carmen L. Caltagirone Ave Marie Press, Notre Dame, Indiana 2005, 112 pages, $14.95

"Together We Pray: Prayer and Services for Gatherings and Groups" offers short prayers and prayer services for a wide variety of needs and gatherings. Kudos to Ms. Caltagirone for her attention to the seasons of the liturgical year, because there are both prayer services and prayers to mark our journey through the year. Also, we commend the use of gender-sensitive language in the original prayers while remaining true to Scripture translations.

Special attention should be paid to the introduction, in which Ms. Caltagirone describes how the book can be used well. The prayers/prayer services can be used as is, but, as she notes, will better serve a group after crafting the prayer using the preparation questions provided. Music can be inserted (which we strongly recommend!) and posture and gesture determined by the leader of prayer as suits the group. All this will lead to rich, prayerful experiences with the texts provided.

In several of the prayer services, ritual action is suggested, which helps keep us rooted in our rich tradition of prayer and worship. The rituals are described simply and are non-threatening for groups, though some will question the ritual action suggested in "Living Water. …

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