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Publisher of the Month: Liturgical Press

Our Publisher of the Month feature is a quick way to get to know a religious publisher and their stock. This month's publisher is Liturgical Press, and alongside it we're offering a 2.5% increased discount on Liturgical Press product with the code LPEXNOV17. This offer includes Print on Demand (POD) titles, and stock can be checked and orders placed via Pubeasy. Don't use Pubeasy? Contact richard[at]hymnsam.co.uk. The closing date will be the 6th of December 2017. Read more below to find out which books to use it on!

 

Tell us a little about the history and heritage of Liturgical Press.

Liturgical Press is a U.S. publisher located in central Minnesota (near the fictional Lake Wobegon of Garrison Keillor). The company was founded in 1926 by a monk of Saint John's Abbey to promote the Liturgical Movement in the United States. 90 years later a dedicated staff of lay people and monks continues the mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Liturgical Press publishes religious and spiritual resources of the highest relevance and quality for the Christian community. Imprints and publications include Liturgical Press Books, Pueblo Books, Michael Glazier Books, Cistercian Publications, The Saint John's Bible, Little Rock Scripture Study, and Give Us This Day.

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What are the key books on the Liturgical Press backlist? What should booksellers look to stock?

Being a unit of The Order of St. Benedict at St. John's Abbey, we have a deep backlist of Benedictine materials. RB1980 continues to sell year after year in all available formats, as does an older translation of the Rule first published in 1948! We also have studies and commentaries on the Rule and Benedictine life from a variety of authors, Bockmann, Casey, Derkse, Grun, too many to mention!

The Sacra Pagina series stands out in our scripture offerings as it appeals to a wide audience, from scholars to preachers to individuals seeking a deeper understanding. Our New Collegeville Commentary Series is the latest in a long running series that extends back to before Vatican II and has helped the "people in the pew" engage with and study scripture.

Our annual publications continue to grow in sales, while not strictly backlist as they are written for each new year, with in some cases different authors, they are turned to year after year once people discover them. For Parish leaders, planners and volunteers we publish Living Liturgy, Living Liturgy for Music Ministry, and Living Liturgy for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. For anyone and everyone looking for a daily spiritual boost in Advent/Christmas and Lent we have our popular reflection guides Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas and Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent.

The Saint John's Bible, the first hand written truly illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in over 500 years is truly a once in a quincentenary project! Liturgical Press is publisher of the reproduction volumes (the one and only handwritten Bible will be bound in 7 volumes), notecards, and books about the process of creating the Bible and the illuminations contained in it.

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What's upcoming for Liturgical Press?

We publish around 80 new titles a year, tough to select a few. The Wisdom Commentary Series, which when complete will be a 58 volume feminist Bible Commentary, currently has 13 volumes out. An exciting upcoming volume is Ephesians by Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza, volumes will be released every season over the next 8 years until complete.

The Living Liturgy products are being relaunched with new art and completely new authors, who also have great experience in pastoral, minsterial and educational settings.

James Martin's In All Seasons, For All Reasons collects his writings on prayer from Give Us This Day, a periodical we launched 6 years ago that has been growing in subscriber base all along.

Lost in Translation by Gerald O'Collins, who is well known (33 years teaching in Rome) and delivers this volume at a time when Pope Francis is signalling dissatisfaction with Liturgiam Authenticam. John Wilkins is co-author.

The Bible from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance - an illustrated volume including images from the Vatican Library available here for the first time.

The Old English Rule of Saint Benedict, the first modern English translation of the Old English Rule of Benedict appeals of course to medievalists, but also monastics and oblates and others interested in the world of monasticism.

 

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