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The Liturgy of Life:

The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist

and Everyday Worship Practices


Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press ( 2014)

Everyday worship practices - from praying the rosary to moments of recognizing the beauty of God's creation, from being moved by the power of music to praying vespers on an iPad - not only take place at different locations and during different days of the week, but also dynamically interact with one another.  The Liturgy of Life examines the interrelationship between the practice of Sunday Eucharist and the many non-official worship practices that mark the everyday lives of Christians who continually negotiate the boundaries of official teaching on liturgy.  Drawing upon the writings of theologians, sociologists of lived religion, and data from an ethnographic research project, this timely work stretches the contextual horizon of liturgical scholarship and presents a provocative and dynamic paradigm of Christian worship for the twenty-first century.

Endorsements for The Liturgy of Life

"If the liturgy is the 'summit and source' of church life, as Vatican II asserts, what  is the relation between it and daily life?  Beside the liturgy celebrated in the church, is there the 'liturgy of life'? If so, what is the relation between these two liturgies?  This is no ivory-tower disquisition but a life-and-death issue for Christian life.  No one is better equipped to help us understand this connection and live it than Ricky Manalo, who brings his mastery of sociology of religion, ritual studies, liturgiology, popular devotions, spirituality, and cultural studies to bear on this complex issue. His book will be of enormous help not only to theologians and liturgists but also to pastoral ministers, especially bishops and priests."

Dr. Peter C. Phan

The Ignacio Ellacuria , S.J. Chair

of Catholic Social Thought

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


"This is a timely, important, and stimulating book. Through ethnographic research and a rereading of key texts of the liturgical movement, Ricky Manalo maps a way toward a broadened understanding of liturgy, namely, as encompassing all worship practices of the faithful. With this, he contributes to overcoming an older, unhelpful division of worship practices into 'liturgy' on the one hand and so-called paraliturgical practices or popular devotions on the other hand (a division that has plagued liturgical scholarship for far too long). I very much appreciate this approach. More power to books like Ricky Manalo's Liturgy of Life."



Teresa M. Berger

Professor of Liturgical Studies & Thomas E. Golden Jr.

Professor of Catholic Theology, Yale Divinity School

"In The Liturgy of Life Ricky Manalo has moved the discussion about the relationship between the official liturgy of the church and popular expressions of the faith into new and very productive territory.  By studying questions about liturgy and the real worship experience of  “the people in the pews” using an interdisciplinary approach employing theology, history and the social sciences, Fr. Manalo offers new insights that can only benefit pastoral theologians and all those  who seek to serve the liturgy."

Mark R. Francis, C.S.V.

President, The Catholic Theological Union

Chicago, IL

"A splendid contribution to contemporary liturgical theology.  Ricky Manalo is a refreshing voice who broadens our horizons by reflecting on the lived context of the worship lives of real people.  This book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the relation between religion and culture and how a number of disciplines can enrich our appreciation of liturgy as our lives."

John F. Baldovin, S.J.

Professor of Historical & Liturgical Theology

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

Finalist for the 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards

by the Association

of Catholic Publishers!


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