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Hearers of the Word.
Lent and Holy Week Year C

Author Kieran O’Mahony
Publisher Messenger Publications €19.95
Format pbk
ISBN 9781788124796

The subtitle of this Catholic seasonal manual is ‘Praying and Exploring the Readings’ for Sundays in Lent, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. Father Kieran O’Mahoney is an Augustine friar and a fine biblical scholar, and he provides detailed insights into all the Eucharist readings in Lent (which are common to Anglican and Catholic lectionaries), including Old Testament and New Testament texts as well as the Gospels. This alone provides excellent material for any minister preaching during Lent, but there are also short reflections and much additional prayer material, including general ‘prayer pointers’. This book therefore provides a more detailed and more scholarly Lenten guide than any Anglican material that I have seen in recent years. It is refreshing in its approach, and ministers with busy diaries during Lent would quickly gain important insights from its clear and accessible style. Available from www.messenger.ie.

Reviewed by ELIZABETH HOGG

Lenten devotion

This Lent book was published previously, but is still in print. We did not review it at the time of publication.