Serving the New Evangelisation
Through beautiful art and storytelling, this book takes young readers - in the company of their parents and grandparents - into the mystery of the Eucharist. It gives a bird's eye account of God's story of love for his children that is found in the Bible and explains the sacrament of Holy Communion in the context of that great adventure.
By Deirdre Mary Ascough
Illustrated by Lisa E Brown
Clonmacnois Press takes its name after the ancient monastic site founded by St. Ciarán in the heart of Ireland in 545. It seeks to revive the old tradition of Clonmacnois whereby beautifully illustrated manuscripts were produced and spread outwards to a surrounding world that so hungered for the Gospel in the era following the collapse of the Roman Empire.
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My First Holy Communion Summary
Before there was anything – any tree, any flower, any earth and sky, any person – there was God. God Who always was and forever will be. God Who is beautiful, Who is truthful, Who is very good and, especially God Who is love.
Through beautiful art and story this book takes young readers, in the company of their parents and grandparents, into the mystery of the Eucharist as they prepare for their First Holy Communion. This fascinating presentation tells a bird’s eye version of God’s story of love for his children that is found in the Bible and explains First Holy Communion in the context of that great adventure.
Whilst this book is primarily for children it is our hope and expectation that it will also educate and inspire the adults who read it. Indeed for many adults this may be the very first time they have ever encountered the full story of the Catholic faith in such a clear way. Even though the text has been written in child-friendly language it is not the author's intention that it be read alone by the child: It should be an adventure of faith shared with their parents or grandparents. Indeed again as Jesus Himself said, faith can only be experienced by those who are like children, and that goes for parents and grandparents too!
About the Author:
Deirdre Mary Ascough, qualified teacher and mother, has a Bachelor degree in Theology from Milltown Institute, Dublin, and a Masters degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, USA.
About the Illustrator:
Lisa E. Brown is a highly accomplished artist who works in a wide variety of media. She was commissioned by Pope John Paul II in 2002 to provide 10 giant portraits of well known saints for the World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada.
Featuring 12 chapters
Dimensions: 268mm x 210mm x 12mm
Hardback cover, price: € 18.00
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