Rev. Stice offers insightful catechesis on the sacraments of vocation based on the methodology presented in Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Sacramentum Caritatis. Guiding readers through the rites of Orders and Matrimony, Understanding the Sacraments of Vocation examines each of the rites’ Old Testament foundations, liturgical history, and sacramental theology, exploring the way in which the sacraments of vocation affect and influence one’s daily Christian life.
To facilitate use in adult faith formation groups, religious education classes, diaconate programs, and undergraduate sacraments courses, each chapter includes a number of different activities designed to help the reader review and synthesize the material, explore a given topic in greater detail, or deepen his or her experience of the liturgy. Steeped in the words, actions, and signs of the rites themselves, this study will be especially useful for those involved in preparing others for reception of the sacraments of Holy Orders or Matrimony, including catechists, liturgists, seminarians, priests, and deacons.
Paperback, 6 x 9, 160 pages
“The decision to live a sacramental life depends more and more today on the possession of fundamental convictions. Fr. Stice’s exceptional book proposes a way of approaching the sacraments that will evoke and deepen these convictions. Drawing upon Benedict XVI’s method of mystagogical catechesis, catechists will find here much assistance in teaching the sacraments of vocation—and the whole sacramental economy—as vital opportunities for a transformative encounter with God.”
Dr. James Pauley
Associate Professor of Theology and Catechetics
Franciscan University of Steubenville
“Fr. Randy Stice's book is a welcome resource for the study of sacramental theology in seminaries and theological schools, but is also accessible for any adult faith formation program. His rites-based approach places the celebration of the sacraments in the forefront, teasing out their meaning from the overall shape of the prayers and ceremonies, to the smallest nuances of the rites. More than a theology reference book, it is a guide to the spirituality of these sacraments.
The questions provided for discussion are an excellent teaching resource. Many communities will welcome the inclusion of cultural expressions of the revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony.”
Rev. John-Mark Missio, MDiv, MA, STL
Vice-Rector and Director of Liturgy
Lecturer, Pastoral Theology
St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto