Rejoice and Be Glad (Y)Ours is The Kingdom of God

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(Y)Ours is The Kingdom of God
Rejoice and Be Glad

When “Blest are They” was first written it caught our attention with its lyrical writing and singability, then it challenged and invited us to live the Beatitudes with renewed Christ-centered fervor.  In this new book David Haas explores Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes through the lens of music he and others have written; through texts of Pope Francis, and David’s own exploration of the Beatitudes in everyday living.  Rejoice and Be Glad! The Kingdom of God is (Y)ours!  The Kingdom of God is both yours and ours – it belongs to all of us: the poor, sorrow-filled, the lowly, the hungry, the homeless, the pure of heart, the peacemakers, you and me, all of us, the Children of God.

Format: Paperback book
Product code: CF055904
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 132 pages
Clear Faith Publishing
1-2 copies $17.10 each
3-5 copies $16.20 each
6+ copies $15.30 each
Written by David Haas
Illustrated by Bro. Mickey McGrath


Through the lens of his justly popular song-prayer “Blest Are They” (one of my all-time favorites), David Haas, one of the church’s greatest liturgical musicians, has provided us fresh thinking and challenging words to invite us to a passionate commitment to live the Beatitudes. But these are not gentle and soothing words. Instead, readers will discover a heart-stirring and spirit-filled framework to follow Christ in brand new ways. Read this book to live, pray, serve—and, of course, sing —as if for the very first time.
James Martin, SJ, Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and The Jesuit Guide


David Haas is from Eagan, Minnesota where he is the director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry, in addition to serving on the Campus Ministry team and as Animator for the Taize’ Prayer Community at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Highly regarded as one of the pre-eminent composers of liturgical music in the English-speaking world, he has produced and published over 50 collections and recordings with GIA Publications and his music has been translated into many languages and appears in hymnals of various Christian denominations throughout the world. David’s most recent music collections and recordings with GIA include: God Is Everywhere!; The Rosary With St. James; and I Will Live On (; and in 1991 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for I Shall See God (GIA).  David is the founder and executive director for Music Ministry Alive!, an international liturgical music formation institute for high school and college age youth (, and has travelled extensively as a workshop presenter and concert performer in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Australia, The Bahamas, England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Israel, Greece and Turkey.  He is a collector of icons and also the author of over 25 books in the areas of liturgy, religious education, youth ministry and spirituality, most recently, three books from Clear Faith Publishing: Welcome, Faithful Presence: A Week of Praying the Hours with Henri Nouwen; Blessed Are the Merciful: Stations to Celebrate the Way of Mercy;” and “Walk With Christ: Celebrating the Way of the Nativity, the Cross and the Resurrection” ( In 2015 David was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Portland in Oregon.

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