The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours

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You don't live in a cloister or a monastery, but you take your prayer life seriously and want to explore ways to pray regularly and better. The Liturgy of the Hours is one of those ways—but for those of us who find it a little intimidating, Daria Sockey provides a solid overview to this ancient prayer practice. The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours will answer questions like:
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Overview


You don't live in a cloister or a monastery, but you take your prayer life seriously and want to explore ways to pray regularly and better. The Liturgy of the Hours is one of those ways—but for those of us who find it a little intimidating, Daria Sockey provides a solid overview to this ancient prayer practice. The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours will answer questions like:
  • What is the history of the Liturgy of the Hours?
  • How can the Liturgy of the Hours fit into a busy schedule?
  • Why is the Liturgy of the Hours relevant today?
  • Print or online resources: Which is better?
There is a rhythm of prayer, not just throughout the day, but throughout the year. Sockey explores the spiritual riches of the seasons, the saints, and special feast days, which add depth and variety to prayer. She also addresses the practice of praying the Scriptures, especially the psalms, and helps the reader to appreciate the universal beauty of these ancient prayers.

Don't let concerns about "what page am I supposed to be on?" scare you away. Sockey will be your guide to answer common questions and overcome common fears. Your prayer life will never be the same!

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More than simply a how-to-guide, The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, is studded with insightful gems with broad relevance to the devout life. Take this one on making time for prayer: The opportunity to sanctify time is something we should welcome. Ultimately, The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, like its subject matter, has something for everyone. That includes those who are not novices to this form of prayer, but perhaps are seeking a richer understanding of why they do what they do in the Liturgy of the Hours. Even those readers who do not immediately rush out to buy a breviary or log onto to divineoffice.org will find their prayer lives instantly enriched by reflections on the devout life that are universally applicable.
—Steven Beale, Catholic Exchange

"Your book hits a perfect balance of instruction and inspiration."
—Dane Faulkner, CEO, DivineOffice.org

"When I was newly Catholic, I was introduced to the Liturgy of the Hours by a priest who believed the whole world can and should embrace such treasures. Daria Sockey has the same mindset and mission. Whether you prefer books or apps, Morning Prayer or Night, Daria leads you step by step through the Breviary, helping it become an accessible and familiar friend. The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours will ease and enrich your prayer life."
—Karen Edmisten, author of After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing and Hope

"This is the first clear and simple introduction to the Church's hours I've seen, and I can't imagine a better one. Daria Sockey has given 'the rest of us' another path to prayer—a path proven by tradition and by the experience of the saints—a path that had, til now, seemed obscure and impassible. I'm very grateful."
—Mike Aquilina, author of Yours Is the Church and EWTN host

"If you...are pondering whether The Liturgy of the Hours is for you, I urge you to take this journey with Daria. In the pages of this book you will discover the heart and soul of this path of prayer. ..If you are someone who already has a tremendous devotion to praying the Hours, it's likely that Daria's work will open your eyes to new facets of your favorite prayer and help you to effectively share it with your loved ones."
— from the Introduction by Lisa Hendey, author and CEO of CatholicMom.com

"If you've ever been daunted by opening a breviary with all it pages, sections and ribbons, here's the help you've been waiting for! Daria Sockey's handy how-to manual, The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, instills the confidence we need to use the breviary to encounter the Word of God every day."
—Pat Gohn, author of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, and host of the Among Women podcast

Catholic Library World - John Berg

The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours is a wonderful and necessary resource for any Christian interested in deepening their personal prayer life. Daria Sockey, a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register, has successfully created a handbook to the Liturgy of the Hours. This official prayer of the Church, once the purview of priests and religious monks and nuns, is now accessible to every Christian via traditional book format or online. Sockey prudently informs the reader of an abundance of material available on the Internet.

This helpful little handbook introduces some historical information about the Liturgy of the Hours before providing a step-by-step procedure for praying the hours. If one is using a one volume or multi-volume Liturgy of the Hours, Sockey expertly takes the reader through the seemingly complicated ritual. The result of following her easy recommendations will allow one to enter into the ritual and rhythm of this ancient prayer practice. The text is complete with a brief notes section. Recommended for all parish libraries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616365288
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 243,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Daria Sockey is a freelance writer, mother of seven children, and experienced homeschooler who lives in the Pittsburgh area. Daria has a B.A. in education and has taken graduate courses in moral theology, Christology, Mariology, and the psychology of spiritual development at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, New York. Her articles appear regularly in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Lay Witness. This is her first book.
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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    Give it a go Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, making an Ignatia

    Give it a go
    Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, making an Ignatian retreat, and practicing lectio divina have all tempted me in recent years. Mix into that a devout Catholic friend who honors the liturgical seasons but notes that something is missing when one doesn’t read scripture as a whole. Plus Henri Nouwen worried about not having memorized many prayers; he feared that in a crisis he might not be able to rely on the kind of spontaneous, talking-to-God he practiced in daily life. These few examples bring me to the conclusion that individuals have “prayer personalities.”

    Daria Sockey’s guide to praying the liturgy of the hours provides a clear description of the practice that certainly is better suited to some personalities than to others. Readers with little or lots of experience in this form of prayer will be encouraged and further motivated. Those who have not tried “LOTH” (term used by many longtime practitioners), will have an easier time deciding whether to give it a go.

    The book is divided into three parts. Part One contains a history of LOTH and factors that make it special: (1) unites us to the universal church, (2) is liturgical, (3) is scriptural, (4) flows from and into the Mass, (5) is the prayer of Jesus. Part Two describes the structure of LOTH, reminding us that “hours” refers to recommended time of day, but each segment may be completed in around 10 minutes. Part Three discusses common “quibbles” with LOTH and presents ideas for taking up the practice as an individual.

    Sockey offers a number of web sites that feature podcasts and readings, some available automatically by email. She also suggests ways of getting started slowly and references several books for help in that area. Best of all, her approach is never rigid, always leaving an opening for readers to take whatever steps seem right at the time and see what happens.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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