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Explore the Holy Mystery of the Liturgy

To plumb the depths of the Liturgy is to explore the greatest of mysteries. Through the liturgical celebrations of the Church, we participate in the paschal mystery of Christ—and Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection become present to us and effective for us.

Liturgy is holy work where all present are participating. It is not passive, it is active. It is the people of God in the work of God, worshiping and receiving God’s grace, unifying with him and with other worshipers through the sacraments.

The Handbook for Liturgical Studies (5 vols.), now in Pre-Pub at 25% off, is a comprehensive examination and celebration of the Liturgy.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the nature and purpose of the Liturgy, sacraments, and sacramentals. Learn the methodology, historical setting, theological and spiritual doctrines, and the pastoral concerns of the liturgy. Examine the subjects in the liturgical ordo, history, and tradition as components of the theology of liturgy. Gain not only a scientific understanding of the liturgy but also an active and spiritually fruitful participation in the ecclesial celebration of Christ’s mystery desired by the Second Vatican Council.

The Handbook for Liturgical Studies (5 vols.) pays significant attention to the role played by the human sciences in the liturgy—psycho-sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and the arts.

Contributors treat pastoral and spiritual considerations in light of liturgical principles and suggest general models based on the meaning and purpose of the liturgy. This comprehensive vision of Christian worship integrates materials from the East and non-Roman West with the Roman.

In the Verbum editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. Your software brings the most efficient and comprehensive research tools together in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Get the Handbook for Liturgical Studies (5 vols.) for 25% off before the product ships and the price goes up.

Get the Alba House Homilies Bundle for 25% off—Now on Pre-Pub

Homilies have a profoundly important place in the Church. The homily can be, as Pope Francis said, “an intense and happy experience of the Spirit, a consoling encounter with God’s word, a constant source of renewal and growth” (Evangelii Gaudium, 135).

And within the context of the Mass, the homily is that most intimate dialogue between God and the Church. Therefore, it is a cherished moment to inspire, exhort, and encourage reflection. [Read more…]

Get the Guide to the Sacraments Collection (7 vols.)—Now on Pre-Pub

The sacraments are essential to the Church and they define the most important events in the lives of believers. Gaining a greater knowledge and love of the sacraments allows Christians to live out the reality of these gifts more fully. [Read more…]

What’s the Recent Catholic Scholarship On . . . ?

Ever curious about a theological topic, and want to know the latest developments on the matter?

Check out the What Are They Saying About . . . Series—22% off for a limited time through our Pre-Pub program, which offers you a lower price when you order a product before it’s finished (think Kickstarter).

This series includes 18 volumes on specific biblical books or themes by respected authors and theologians like Mark Allan Powell, Daniel J. Harrington, Donald Senior, and Warren Carter.

Each volume surveys scholarship from the 1960s onward and offers modern perspectives on biblical studies while discussing more recent developments in Catholic teaching and theology.

Volumes in this collection include:

  • What Are They Saying about the Trinity? — Anne Hunt delves into contemporary developments in Roman Catholic Trinitarian theology that reveal the profoundly relational character of the Trinity.
  • What Are They Saying about Paul and the End Time? — Joseph Plevnik explores the development of Pauline eschatological thought along with ongoing scholarly discussions on the topic.
  • What Are They Saying about Environmental Theology? — John Hart tackles the relationship between environmentalism and faith, offering a comprehensive exposition and analysis of Catholic Church teachings on environmental themes. He presents essential elements of a holistic environmental theology that interrelates concern for creation, community, and the common good.

Additional volumes discuss the authorship and date of the biblical texts, liberation and feminist theologies, and the historical Jesus.

The What Are They Saying About . . . Series is especially valuable in digital form, as it integrates into your entire theological library and all your Verbum tools.

Order now while this invaluable collection is still in Pre-Pub so you can save 22%.

4 Reasons to Pre-order the Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection

Hans Urs von Balthasar is considered one of the Church’s greatest thinkers, even drawing comparisons to Augustine and Aquinas.

And for a limited time, you can save 36% on the Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection Upgrade through our Pre-Pub program, which gives you a lower price when you pre-order a product before it ships. [Read more…]

Get the Companion to the Catechism Collection for 25% off—Now on Pre-Pub

Verbum’s Companion to the Catechism Collection (2 vols.) is 25% off for a limited time through our Pre-Pub program, which offers you a lower price when you order a pre-published product.

The two-volume Companion to the Catechism Collection includes an introduction to the Catechism and a reference library that cross-references all texts and Scriptures used in the Catechism itself.

These two resources were written and developed by experts on the material, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, the Catechism’s general editor, and Joseph Cardinal Razinger, who at the time served as the head of the Bishops Commission for the implementation of the Catechism. [Read more…]

What March Has to Offer You

Every month you’ll find multiple ways to save on Verbum resources, which means more ways to get resources in your library for deeper study.

Here are four sales and promotions running this March.

1. Monthly sale—save up to 50%

Browse deals on nearly two dozen resources, including:

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2. Verbum Now

Verbum Now subscribers receive discounts and previews of Verbum resources every month, plus a free book. Subscribe to Verbum Now to take advantage of these deals:

3. Free Book of the Month

Get this month’s free book, and add a second for just $1.99:

  • Light in Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of Christ’s Descent into Hell — FREE (normally $34.99)

    The first comprehensive treatment of Balthasar’s theology of Holy Saturday, this book draws on the multiple yet unified resources of authoritative Catholic teaching to challenge Balthasar’s conclusions on Christ’s descent into hell.

  • Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization — $1.99 (normally $19.99)

    The much-debated question of whether and how people who have not had the chance to hear the gospel can be saved goes back to the beginnings of Christian reflection. In Will Many Be Saved? Ralph Martin focuses primarily on the history of debate and the development of responses to this question within the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 4. Pre-Pub

    Verbum’s Pre-Publication program is how we add new books to our ever-growing catalog. You pre-order books to let us know which resources to invest in, and we give you special discounts in return. Once enough people pre-order a particular resource, we’ll start developing it for use in Verbum.

    This month’s featured Pre-Pub item is the What Are They Saying About… Series (16 vols.), which surveys recent scholarship about biblical books or themes. Respected authors and theologians such as Mark Allan Powell, Daniel J. Harrington, Donald Senior, and Warren Carter examine issues ranging from the authorship and date of biblical texts to Catholic teaching on environmental theology, the nature of the Trinity, liberation and feminist theologies, and the historical Jesus.

    Learn more or pre-order the series.

    Keep your eyes on the these Pre-Pub resources

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    Paulist Press Church History Collection (4 vols.)Paulist Press Church History Collection (4 vols.)

    Explore the history of Catholicism from the first century to the present. The Shaping of Christianity closely examines the first four centuries of “the Christian movement” as it developed into a major world religion. The two-volume A History of the Christian Tradition surveys the entire history of Christianity, from its Jewish origins all the way through the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

    $74.95 Pre-Pub: $54.95
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    Select Works of Henri de Lubac (5 vols.)Select Works of Henri de Lubac (5 vols.)

    This collection presents several works by prominent twentieth-century theologian Henri de Lubac. A French Jesuit priest who eventually became the oldest living cardinal before his death in 1991, de Lubac was instrumental in shaping the Second Vatican Council, and composed many valuable theological works during tumultuous times.

    $64.99 Pre-Pub: $49.99
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    Select Works of Thomas Howard (10 vols.)Select Works of Thomas Howard (10 vols.)

    Study gems of devotion, apologetics, and literary scholarship from noted author Thomas Howard. Possessing an instantly identifiable wit and style, Howard is a popular author and speaker with Catholics and Protestants alike. Born into a prominent Evangelical family, Howard converted to Catholicism in 1985—prompting him to write sympathetic and insightful Christian apologetic works.

    $89.99 Pre-Pub: $69.99
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    Shipping Soon: New Collegeville Bible Commentary (25 vols.)

    On December 28 the New Collegeville Bible Commentary (25 vols.) will begin shipping. Take advantage of the 20% pre-pub discount before time is out!

    Dig deeply into each book of the Bible, drawing wisdom and insight from even the most obscure texts. Comprehensive and understandable, the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series brings expert insight into the Old and New Testament to Bible study participants, teachers, students, preachers, and all readers of the Bible. Written by more than 20 renowned Catholic Bible scholars such as Dianne BergantJohn J. CollinsIrene NowellMark S. Smith, and Kathleen M. O’Connor, this series provides and vital background that helps bring the text alive.

    An excellent resource for both personal and group study and reflection, each book in the series also includes review aids and discussion topics conducive to group discussions, as well as an index of citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that make each text relevant to Catholics today.

    Save $40 before it ships December 28!

    Shipping Soon: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Update III (2 vols.)

    Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Update III (2 vols.)

    Very soon the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Update III (2 vols.) will begin shipping and be sold at full price. Take advantage of the 40% pre-order discount before time is out! This new update adds Hebrews and James, First, Second, and Third John to the overall collection.

    The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture aims to serve the ministry of the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church. Since Vatican Council II, there has been an increasing hunger among Catholics to study Scripture in depth and in a way that reveals its relationship to liturgy, evangelization, catechesis, theology, and personal and communal life. This series responds to that desire by providing accessible yet substantive commentary on each book of the New Testament, drawn from the best of contemporary biblical scholarship as well as the rich treasury of the Church’s tradition. These volumes seek to offer scholarship illumined by faith, in the conviction that the ultimate aim of biblical interpretation is to discover what God has revealed and is still speaking through the sacred text. Central to our approach are the principles taught by Vatican II: first, the use of historical and literary methods to discern what the biblical authors intended to express; second, prayerful theological reflection to understand the sacred text “in accord with the same Spirit by whom it was written”—that is, in light of the content and unity of the whole Scripture, the living tradition of the Church, and the analogy of faith (Dei Verbum 12).

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