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Misa, Mesa, y Musa Volume 2: Liturgy in the U.S. Hispanic Church

Editor: Kenneth G. Davis, OFM, Conv.
Format: Paperback Book
Product: 012702
ISBN: 978-158459-376-8
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First Place for BEST RELIGIOUS BOOK in the 2009 International Latino Book Awards sponsored by Latino Literacy Now (June, 2009)

Honorable Mention for PROFESSIONAL BOOKS CATEGORY in the 2009 Catholic Press Association Awards.

Building on the foundation of Volume 1, this English-language book presents essays by a variety of noted Hispanic authors and liturgists and a realistic look at the challenge and complexity of worship in Hispanic/Latino communities. Designed for non-Hispanics working in diverse, worshiping communities, it reminds us that as we gather to celebrate our faith, we must also be conscious of those missing from, or not truly welcomed at, the table.
"This second volume of Misa, Mesa, Musa is like a bridge-building tool from the foundation of Volume 1.  It presents a realistic look at the challenge and complexity of today’s rapid change and growth of diversity, especially in Hispanic/Latino communities, and reminds all of us that a true, deep  encounter with the living Jesus Christ, through the Eucharist, comes only through conversion, communion, and solidarity.  This volume reminds us, too, that as we gather to celebrate ‘misa, mesa and musa’ we must all be conscious of those persons missing from the Eucharistic Table regardless of their cultural roots.  This book will be most helpful to those in pastoral ministry in parishes, formation programs, diocesan leadership and seminaries." —María Elena González, RSM, Past President, Mexican American Cultural Center

"Este segundo volumen de Misa, Mesa Musa, es como un instrumento para construir puentes desde la base del primer volumen. Presenta una mirada realista al reto y a la complejidad del rápido cambio de hoy día y al crecimiento de la diversidad, especialmente en las comunidades hispanas/latinas, y nos recuerda a todos nosotros que el verdadero y profundo encuentro con Jesucristo vivo, en la Eucaristía, se logra solamente por la conversión, la comunión, y la solidaridad.  Este volumen nos recuerda también que al reunirnos para celebrar ‘misa, mesa y musa’ debemos todos estar conscientes de aquellas personas que no están presentes a la Mesa Eucarística sin importar sus raíces culturales. Este libro será de mucha ayuda para las personas involucradas en la pastoral bien sea en parroquias, programas de formación, líderazgo diocesano o seminarios." Maria Elena Gonzalez, RSM, Past President, Mexican American Cultural Center

"The hectic pace of our world militates against experiencing the Divine in the rhythm of daily life.  Misa, Mesa, y Musa Volume 2 invites the reader to peer into the world of the Hispanic community and to experience the Divine through Incarnational moments.  The Divine being present not just at a weekly celebration of the Eucharist, but present and active in the daily living of life.  The contributors to this second volume give examples of how Hispanic traditions, customs, and music weave and embody the presence of Divine in the daily activities of life throughout the year.  For those ministering within Hispanic communities this book offers insight into traditions that Hispanics struggle to maintain and celebrate in this land of opportunity.  For the Hispanic reader it is an opportunity to recall the rhythm that grounds us as we seek the Lord in life’s simple moments.  For all readers, Misa, Mesa, y Musa Volume 2 is a gentle reminder that without too much disruption to our lives, the Divine can touch human activity and provide us with opportunities to encounter the Divine and respond to the call to holiness. Rev. Richard Vega, President, National Federation of Priests’ Councils

 "When the world's bishops approved the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy in 1963, they boldly endorsed the pastoral strategy of 'inculturation,' a principle which affirms that the rich, indigenous 'qualities and talents' of the world's peoples enhance and improve our celebration of the Christian Mystery.  The essays in this superb collection build on that conviction by showing that the relation between culture and liturgy is always a two-way street.  Each teaches the other something essential, for culture enriches liturgy as much as liturgy enriches culture.  The experience of Hispanic communities in every part of this country amply confirms this point.  Their experience shows beyond question that liturgy can be 'verified' only in the lives of real communities of real people, that the liturgy of the church exists for the sake of the 'liturgy of the neighbor,' and that-to borrow the words of contributor Arturo Pérez Rodriguez-the 'Roman rite was meant from the beginning to become a mestizaje experience of worship.'   Dynamism, energy, and pastoral insight leap from every page.  This is a book not merely to be read, but to be studied and savored." Nathan D. Mitchell

"How can we learn to minister liturgically in a more effective way to the ever-growing Hispanic presence in the United States? One way would be to read and savor the excellent pastoral, theological, and liturgical reflections contained in Misa, Mesa, y Musa Volume 2. The articles in this volume—written by experienced and faith-filled interpreters of the Latino/a reality in the United Sates—sensitively treat not only the how of liturgical ministry but more importantly the why, offering the reader insights that are accessible, profound, and that touch on practically all aspects of Hispanic ministry. This book will help all pastoral agents to appreciate that the challenge of the Hispanic presence in the U.S. is a not a problem but a blessing from God." (Very Rev.) Mark R. Francis, CSV; Superior General, Clerics of St. Viator, Rome;  Professor of Liturgical Inculturation, Pontifical Institute of Liturgy of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, and author, with Arturo Pérez Rodríguez, of Primero Dios: Hispanic Liturgical Resource

"This book is a pleasant balance of theology and practice, historical insight and contemporary challenge, examples of saints of the Americas and suggestions for adapting essential elements of the Eucharistic liturgy.  To be sure, it is not the last word on inculturation of liturgy for Spanish-speaking people in the United States, nor is it meant to be.  And not having the last word is a good thing— it reminds us that inculturation is such a critical area of study and practice that we ought never be finished with it; we can always learn and implement more, we can ever find fresh ways to encounter our God in all the majesty of mystery, compassion, and love."—Joyce Ann Zimmerman, Liturgical Ministry, Fall 2008

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