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'God With Us' Offers Pause from Hectic Christmas Preparation

12/13/2012 - 12:07 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

PORTLAND, OR (OCP) (December 13, 2012) - New prayer book and CD: God With Us, by OCP composer Dan Schutte, reminds Catholics everywhere that amid the busyness of the Christmas and Advent seasons, God is all around.

"Because of the distractions and hectic pace of Christmas preparations, many of us find it difficult to keep our minds and hearts on the real Christmas story," says Schutte. "I created God With Us to help people pause and remember that this is the season of open their hearts to receive God's love."

The 84-page prayer book consists of 12 different exercises that contain inspirational images, a reflection, prayers, a scripture passage and lyrics for a corresponding song. Additionally, God With Us includes self-reflection questions and keystone phrases to keep the reader introspective throughout the day.

God With Us is bundled with a companion CD featuring 12 songs (corresponding to the prayer exercises) written and recorded by acclaimed Catholic composer Dan Schutte.

"We're surrounded every moment by God's love. And, if people are inspired to do a bit more to nourish their spiritual selves, perhaps this little prayer book--with its music, scripture, images and reflections--can provide some structure and guidance" says Schutte.
The printed book and companion CD are available at An iBook edition will be available through iTunes in winter of 2012.

For more information or interview/photo requests, please contact Erin McClellan at, 503.460.5363.

About OCP
OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 90 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in over two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. Find OCP on Facebook at


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