Monday, November 29, 2004

For Your Reading: To Crown the Year

To Crown the YearTo Crown the Year: Decorating the Church Through the Seasons
By Peter Mazar, Art by Evelyn Grala
Liturgy Training Publications, 1995

This is a classic workbook for all who prepare the church building for prayer. Each chapter looks at a different liturgical season and gives creative ideas and suggestions for capturing the unique quality of each season while connecting the whole year together. As a music director, I used this book a lot to help me get a sense for the mood of each season so that the music I chose could complement the visual environment of the assembly. There are many drawings to inspire and guide your environment teams. Peter’s #1 tip in his Advent chapter: “Clean and simplify the whole place.”

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