The Divine Hours, Volume II: Prayers for Wintertime

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The second volume in a trilogy of prayer manuals compiled by Publishers Weekly religion editor Phyllis Tickle as a contemporary Book of Hours to guide Christians gently yet authoritatively through the daily offices.

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 second volume in a trilogy of prayer manuals compiled by Publishers Weekly religion editor Phyllis Tickle as a contemporary Book of Hours to guide Christians gently yet authoritatively through the daily offices.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385497572
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Tickle has been reporting on religion for Publishers Weekly for many years and is currently Contributing Editor in Religion for the journal. One of the most respected authorities and popular speakers on religion in America today, she is frequently quoted and interviewed both in print media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and Time, and in electronic media, such as CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, and "Voice of America." She appears frequently on the Odyssey Channel and is a regular guest on PBS's "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly." She is the author of over two dozen books, including the recently published God-Talk in America. She lives in the rural community of Lucy, Tennessee.
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Table of Contents

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
October 3
October Compline 133
November 147
November Compline 275
Advent 289
Advent Compline 415
Christmas 429
Christmas Compline 471
January 485
January Compline 635
Index of Authors 647
Acknowledgments 649
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2004

    A Literate Dialog With God

    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!

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