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Selected Ignatius Press Books
and Music for Advent and Christmas
Here are some excellent Catholic resources that I think will be of interest
to you and your family during Advent and Christmas. Remember, many other
wonderful Advent and Christmas-related books, videos, CDs, and sacred artwork
are available at Ignatius
In anticipation of His Coming,
Carl E. Olson
Art by Fiona French
Text from the RSV Bible
Inspired by England's glorious stained-glass cathedral windows, artist Fiona
French has created a stunning celebration of the birth of Jesus. In the
magnificent words of the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament,
the story of the first Christmas unfolds. Beginning on the road to Bethlehem,
through the Holy Family's flight by night to Egypt, breathtaking panoramas
in a kaleidoscope of colors illuminate the story's miraculous events and
timeless beauty of the Savior's birth. This book is a glorious sequel to
her original, Easter. While aimed at children, the classic beauty of French's
stained glass illustrations and the timeless, ageless story of the birth
of Christ as told in the words of Sacred Scripture make this a book that
will appeal to all ages. Illustrated.
Christmas, and Epiphany in the Domestic Church
by Peter & Catherine Fournier
This is an illustrated book of wonderful activities for children and families
to better understand and celebrate the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany seasons.
A large size, spiral bound volume, this is perfect for families to learn
together and share the joys of this happy time of the liturgical year. Filled
with a variety of family activities, saints celebrations and crafts,
this book has something for everyone in the family. Family activities include
making an advent wreath, a Jesse Tree with all its symbols, cloth Nativity
figures, words for 21 advent and Christmas songs, recipes for special cakes
and breads and more. Also included are stories of special saints for the
season with activities and prayers. Finally, it offers numerous craft activities
including cross stitching Christmas patterns, gift boxes, table-top and
Christmas tree Angels, table runners, and many coloring pages. It also includes
a helpful index.
Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith throughout the
By Evelyn Birge Vitz
A cookbook full of wonderful recipes and ideas drawn from throughout the
Christian tradition, with suggestions about when, and why, these dishes
might be served. It contains more than 275 recipes with which to celebrate
all the holidays throughout the Christian year, as well as the many shared
rituals that strengthen family bonds and enrich the significance of the
day to day events of our lives. How these rituals, rites and feasts came
about, how they are celebrated around the world, and how you can bring them
into your home are described every step of the way. Includes wonderful illustrations.
A Continual Feast brings new meaning to "breaking bread together."
A book to cook from and learn from, it includes: menus for holidays and
every day recipes for all occasions from church picnics and Sunday suppers
to birthdays, namedays, confirmations, and baptisms; wonderful cooking projects
for children; recipes for Christmas giving; thoughtful suggestions on taking
food to others; customs associated with many great Christian holidays from
Advent through Pentecost as well as various saints days around the world;
traditional meanings associated with particular foods; tips on fasting and
abstinence; recipes that incorporate leftovers; quotations from the Bible
and various theological and gastronomic sources; many recipes of varied
ethnic origins; a wealth of Christian history and thought.
The Christmas story is illustrated with miniatures selected from the Books
of Hours found in The British Library Some of the greatest European
painters of the Middle Ages were employed in the decoration of these manuscripts:
Gerard Horenbout, one of the illuminators of The Sforza Hours, illustrates
a simple Nativity using rich reds, greens and blues; the Annunciation to
the Shepherds, depicted by the Master of the Duke of Bedford, is marvelously
detailed and surrounded by classic miniatures; the Master of the Dresden
Hours, a prolific Flemish artist of the late 1400s, has strewn his
Epiphany with flowers, so realistic that it seems possible to pick them
off the page. Intricate in scale and radiant with gold and colors, these
manuscripts represent the popular ideal of the medieval illuminated book.
The well-loved story is recounted in the words of the Revised Standard Version
of the Bible. This masterly translation of the New Testament complements
the magnificent illustrations, making this the perfect Christmas gift to
be treasured by young and old. With the combination of the beautiful RSV
translation and the glorious color miniatures, readers will be deeply inspired
by both word and art. The RSV has been acclaimed for many decades as the
most accurate, readable and beautiful translation of the Bible in English.
of Redeeming Love: The Theology of the Christmas Mystery
By John Saward
Following up on his acclaimed Redeemer in the Womb, John Saward returns
to the mystery of Christ's Incarnation. He draws upon the rich traditions
of the Church, as well as the writings of the great Christian mystics, to
create a work that is both new and old, revolutionary and orthodox. This
profoundly moving meditation will aid any contemplation on the life of Christ.
The subject of this book is the objective and divinely revealed truth of
the Nativity of Christ, as proclaimed by His infallible and immaculate Bride.
It is the splendor of this truth, of "Loves noon in Natures
night", which for two millennia has captivated the Fathers and Schoolmen,
and activated the genius of poets, painters, and musicians. Illustrated
with eight color paintings.
in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary
By John Saward
A unique and profound theological meditation on the nine months the God-man
spent in His Virgin Mother's womb. Drawing on Christian philosophy, poetry,
liturgy, as well as the Fathers and great theologians of the Church, Saward
shows that faith in the Incarnation commits the believer inescapably to
the defense of the unborn child. He invites the reader, in the light of
Christ, to rediscover the beauty of his own, and every human being's, first
few months of existence. The first book of its kind, it invites every Christian
to contemplate with renewed appreciation the mysteries of the life of Jesus.
It shows the coherence and unity of the dogmatic faith and moral teaching
of the Catholic Church.
This Sweet Song (CD)
In this second CD in the Best of Millennium of Music series, the story
of Advent and Christmas is gloriously relived through nineteen early-music
masterpieces by Handel, Tallis and others. These Christmas classics are
performed by Anonymous 4 and other world-renowned early music ensembles.
Christmas Classics (CD)
The outstanding Cathedral Singers present their new album that is
filled with the most beloved Christmas hymns. With gorgeous arrangements
and exquisite performances, this is truly a unique, deeply inspiring recording.
Twenty-one hymns include O Holy Night, Bring a Torch, What Child is
This?, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, For Unto Us, and sixteen more.
Night: Carols of the Nativity (CD)
Already considered a classic, this gorgeous recording by the renowned John
Rutter and the Cambridge Singers highlights 22 carols about Christs
birth that span six centuries. This magnificent album with booklet, liner
notes and lyrics, includes The Cherry Tree Carol, O Tannenbaum, In Dulci
Jubilo, Away in a Manger and more.
of God Icon
A new icon of Our Lady and the Child Jesus.
Written by Christina Dochwat, the self-taught iconographer who designed
the icons for Washington, D.C.'s National Shrine. A profoundly spiritual
image with exquisite beauty and striking colors. In an ornate gold frame
under museum grade, non-glare glass.
An Ignatius Press exclusive!
More Holiday Music:
Perry Como Christmas (CD): This album is a generous selection
of 22 Como Christmas favorites that combine deeply spiritual hymns and more
festive holiday songs to celebrate the birth of Christ. Includes Ave
Maria, Silent Night, Here We Come A-Caroling, No Christmas Like A Home Christmas,
O Holy Night and 17 more.
Irish Tenors: Home for Christmas (CD): This new collection of classic
Christmas songs includes the best of the tradition. Recorded with a stunning
78-piece orchestra, the 17 hymns include Joy to the World, Silent Night,
Ave Maria, The Wexford Carol, O Holy Night and many more.
The Three Tenors Christmas (CD): Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras
capture the joy of the holy season with their first ever Christmas concert.
Live from Vienna, this electric performance of 21 traditional Christmas
favorites by the world-renown trio is the perfect event for the holidays.
All the music has never appeared on any previous Three Tenors CD or video.
The Fourth Wise Man: Based on Henry van Dyke's classic, ``The
Story of the Other Wise Man". A Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen)
sees a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful
servant, Orantes (Alan Arkin), to the Messiah. They pursue Jesus for 33
years, only to miss Him at every turn. Along the way, Artaban uses his
gifts to help people in dire need. He finally encounters the new King
on Easter Sunday.
The Gift of Love: Based on O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi,
this touching tale of selflessness is played against the tapestry of 1900s
New York City. A wealthy orphan girl struggles between her desire to please
her relatives and her love for a kind, but poor young Swiss immigrant.
Marie Osmond and Timothy Bottoms bring O. Henry's Christmas valentine
lovingly to the screen.
The Christmas Box and Timpiece (DVD Set): "The Christmas
Maureen OHara and Richard Thomas star in this heartwarming holiday
classic about a struggling young family who live as groundskeepers on
the estate of the huge old mansion of a strident, aloof, widow. "Timepiece"
is the follow-up to the classic "The Christmas Box." a story
about discovering the timeless truths about the gift of sharing and the
power of forgiveness.
The First Christmas: This colorful, clay animated production,
narrated by Christopher Plummer, is a magnificent film for all ages that
tells the traditional story of the birth of Jesus beginning with Mary
and Joseph's trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Offering a fresh new way
to recapture the Christmas story, it is enhanced by colloquial dialogue
and traditional carols in the background. Winner of the 1999 Andrew Carnegie
Many other wonderful Advent and Christmas-related
books, videos, CDs, and sacred artwork are available at Ignatius
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