Making Every Moment Holy

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We want to add something beautiful to the world, and we need your help.

At Hutchmoot 2015, we held a special presentation called “The Liturgy of Lost Rhyme.” The event was a powerful experience for everyone involved, and afterward, the author of the liturgy, Douglas McKelvey, approached us with an idea that we’ve fallen in love with: it’s called Every Moment Holy.

Doug proposed that Rabbit Room Press publish a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life—liturgies such as “For the Death of an Old Friend” or “For the Welcoming of a New Pet” or “For the Beginning of a Long Day of Thankless Work.” These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when, especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice.

We envision a beautifully made hardcover book that will serve as a companion to families and individuals looking to anchor their lives by recalling the sacred in the mundane.

The book will feature numerous liturgies that cover topics from the entire breadth and depth of ordinary life. It will be ordered and indexed for easy reference so that you can find the right liturgy for the right occasion. And when the time comes, we want to call on all of you to help us come up with specific moments in our lives we need liturgies written for.

The author, Douglas McKelvey, is one of our favorite writers and is the author of multiple books including The Angel Knew Papa and the DogThe Wishes of the Fish King, and Subjects With Objects.

If Every Moment Holy is the kind of book you would like to help us create, we welcome you to join us in this process. Click here to support the project and see some specific ways in which  you can help. We believe that by creating such a resource, we’re adding something important, useful, and valuable to the world—and we need your help to make it a reality.

 

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he’s the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


4 Comments

  1. Emma Chmura

    @emmaj

    How about a liturgy for having accidentally broken something special? I was once given a special teapot for my birthday. And not long after, I dropped it on the tile floor. The sadness was about having accidentally smashed something that was lovely, and also because it was a gift from friends, something I’d hoped to keep forever. I felt really dumb and sad, but this loss didn’t seem to fit into any of the generally recognized legit categories for grief.

  2. Addy

    @addy

    I am happy to support this as I can and am very excited about this project.  It’s a wonderful idea which as an important place in our lives.  I would ask that you consider singles as you work on this project.  I believe that marriage is one of the most important gifts God has given us; however, for those of us who are not married (and are in our fifties, etc.) the church can be a very difficult place.  The loneliest experiences I have ever had have been sitting in churches.  I believe most liturgies will be significant for all, but I do ask that there might be some included that acknowledge the experience of singles, or at least that the focus isn’t only for families, children and couples.  Thanks.    (Note – I loved the liturgy for husband and wife and have shared it with my married friends.)

  3. Pete Peterson

    @pete

    Roy, “liturgy” is a word that means “the work of the people,” and in practice is usually taken to mean the ritual of the church service as it engages the laity. The book is made up of “everyday” liturgies—short, spoken rituals that orient life and daily work in order to remind the reader of the sacramental nature of even the smallest and most ordinary things.

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