Improve the Liturgical Experience
the Worship Environment
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2011—Resource
Publications announces the availability of a new
book to support understanding and celebration of the liturgy,
especially the liturgical seasons, through the use of environmental
elements. These elements speak to the heart and predispose the mind to
receptivity during the liturgical celebration.
Enhancing the Liturgical Experience
Anthony J. Mancuso
and Caroline M. Thomas
80 pages, 8½" × 11"
Liturgy speaks to people in many ways, not
always in words.
One of the non-verbal communications that is
part of liturgy is the environment in which it is celebrated. The
environment can express the mood of the season, draw attention to
specific areas in the church building, and focus on particular
permanent or seasonal elements. This book gives general principles for
enhancing the interior of the worship space with specific ideas and
techniques, and even a few tips on what to consider when building or
remodeling a space. Since the exterior environment draws people in to
the mystery to be celebrated inside, there are suggestions for outside
enhancements as well.
Father Tony Mancuso is a priest of the
Diocese of San Jose, CA. He has a doctorate and currently serves as
chaplain and teacher at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, CA.
Fr. Tony has served in many parishes, sometimes as a parochial vicar,
and sometimes as pastor. Wherever he has gone, he has enriched the
worship experience through his creativity, working with the
parishioners or school teams to develop environmental designs which are
supportive of the liturgical action and engaging to the senses.
Caroline Thomas has been involved in
planning since the early 1970's, leading to an MA degree from the
University of Santa Clara in 1992. She has worked in parishes as the
director of liturgy for over 14 years, and continues to be passionate
about the potential of the liturgy to transform its participants.
To order Envisioning
Environment or view samples, visit