TO HEAR AND PROCLAIM by Ralph Keifer
(With Commentary for Musicians and Priests.) The General Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass is the official
directive for the readings from Holy Scripture used for the
liturgy of the word in the Roman Catholic Church. The Intro-
duction, first published in 1969, was substantially revised in 1981. The most recent translation of this revision is published here in its entirety.
Ralph Keifer (1940-1987) calls the new Introduction "a landmark in official commentary on liturgical practice. It is Roman, Catholic, collegial, and official. Like all of those things, it is not perfect. But here is a document with which the churches of God can breathe and grow."
The Introduction and Ralph Keifer's now classic commentary provide an informative, up-to-date, and necessary tool for all concerned with vibrant parish liturgy.