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Improve the Liturgical Experience through 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.

Envisioning Environment cover ENVISIONING ENVIRONMENT
Enhancing the Liturgical Experience

Anthony J. Mancuso
and Caroline M. Thomas
Paper, $29.95
80 pages, 8½" × 11"
ISBN 0-89390-695-6

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 liturgy 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  http://www.rpinet.com/products/ee.html.