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The Divine Hours is the first major literary and liturgical reworking of the sixth-century Benedictine Rule of fixed-hour prayer. This beautifully conceived and thoroughly modern three-volume guide will appeal to the theological novice as well as to the ...
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The Divine Hours is the first major literary and liturgical reworking of the sixth-century Benedictine Rule of fixed-hour prayer. This beautifully conceived and thoroughly modern three-volume guide will appeal to the theological novice as well as to the ecclesiastical sophisticate. Making primary use of the Book of Common Prayer and the writings of the Church Fathers, The Divine Hours is also a companion to the New Jerusalem Bible, from which it draws its Scripture readings. The trilogy blends prayer and praise in a way that, while extraordinarily fresh, respects and builds upon the ancient wisdom of Christianity.
The second book in the set, Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime, provides prayers, psalms, and readings for these two festive seasons. Compact, with deluxe endpapers, it is perfect for those seeking greater spiritual depth. As a contemporary Book of Hours, The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime heralds a renewal of the tradition of disciplined daily prayer, and gives those already using the first volume the continuity they are seeking. The series will culminate in a third volume for springtime, completing the liturgical and calendar year with the offices for every day.
|An Introduction to this Manual||vii|
|A Brief History of Fixed-Hour Prayer||viii|
|Notes for the Use of This Manual||xii|
|The Symbols and Conventions Used in This Manual||xiv|
|The Daily Offices|
|Index of Authors||647|
Posted January 24, 2004
This book of prayers (one of three volumes covering daily prayer for a year) taken in large measure from the Bible is a wonderful prompt in one's life-long conversation with God. It helps one come to words one didn't realize one meant or hadn't the aptitude to say before one began using it in one's daily devotions. In addition to Scripture, it employs prayers from 'The Book of Common Prayer' and other standard resources. But one particularly delights in the additional readings taken from a wide range of meditative and inspirational literature. Examples are 'Pied Beauty,' by Gerard Manley Hopkins and 'The Sacrament of the Present Moment,' by Jean Pierre de Caussade. What a remarkable contribution to one's spiritual life!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.