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Alleluia to Amen

Alleluia to Amen

The Prayer Book for Catholic Parishes 

Author: Justin McClain

Foreword by: Timothy P. O'Malley

Price: $19.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-927-1

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: May 29, 2020


Alleluia to Amen is an indispensable resource for parish leaders and volunteers looking for prayers to offer at gatherings outside of Mass. Justin McClain, author of Called to Pray and Called to Teach, provides busy leaders like you with original and traditional prayers to help you lead your faith community in prayer with confidence and ease.

While Catholics regularly gather for liturgical celebrations and for devotions such as the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, we also pray in all sorts of settings and for many reasons—to begin and end meetings, to bless events, and to mark the launch of major undertakings such as a capital campaign, for example. We instinctively gather in prayer in sorrow during times of tragedy and in gratitude for unexpected good fortune.

Alleluia to Amen: The Prayer Book for Catholic Parishes has your needs covered for the myriad of occasions that fall outside liturgical celebrations and communal devotions. Catholic author and high school theology teacher Justin McClain provides prayers for:

  • each day of the week;
  • the natural and liturgical seasons of the year;
  • regularly scheduled meetings for various ministry groups;
  • parish events such as service projects, festivals,  and training of liturgical ministers;
  • occasional events and activities such as welcoming a new staff member; and
  • unexpected events and crises.


"Uniting liturgy and everyday life."

“In Alleluia to Amen: The Prayer Book for Catholic Parishes, Justin McClain has taken up the challenge of once again uniting liturgy and everyday life. This is a book that can help parishes everywhere relearn to sanctify each moment of time. It is precisely the kind of book that allows even us busy twenty-first-century Catholics to pray—as best as we are able—without ceasing.”

From the foreword by Timothy P. O’Malley
Director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life
University of Notre Dame

"What every parish needs in its library."

"This wonderful collection of prayers is what every parish needs in its library: a fresh, contemporary, and winningly accessible compendium of hope, praise, petition, and thanksgiving. I'm giving this to every priest, deacon, and catechist I know.

Deacon Greg Kandra
Journalist and blogger at The Deacon’s Bench

"Immensely practical and filled with the Spirit."

"Alleluia to Amen assists those in leadership and supportive roles to find the right words to call God’s people to prayer. It is immensely practical and filled with the Spirit. It makes a great gift for parish clergy, catechists, teachers, group leaders, and even Catholic families."

Pat Gohn
Editor of Catechist