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What's The Smoke For? By Johan Van Parys

What's The Smoke For? By Johan Van Parys

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With engaging wit and rich expression expert liturgist, Johan van Parys, addresses common questions often asked about the liturgy as experienced today. In his book, What's the Smoke For?, he gives helfpul and engaging answers based on church teaching and sound theology in an interesting and humorous manner and answers questions such as "What are Vespers? Why are there no longer consecration bells? Why a Christmas tree in January?". As one person commented "he anchors our current spiritual practices, symbols, sacramentals and even our art and architecture both in our traditions and our Tradition". What's the Smoke For gives answers that encourage the reader to think about what is happening in church liturgy today and encourages the reader to become engaged in learning more about the liturgy. van Parys uses personal memories to acquaint the reader with some of the liturgical rituals with which they may not be familiar and does so in a way that is not dry and boring but rather engages their interest in a humorous way. He is director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis.