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Christmastide: Prayers for Advent Through Epiphany from The Divine Hours Paperback – October 21, 2003
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-Nora Gallagher, "beliefnet.com, and author of "Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith
The third and final 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 third and final book in the set, "Prayers for Springtime, provides prayers, psalms, and readings for this season associated with rebirth. Compact, with deluxe endpapers, it is perfect for those seeking greater spiritual depth. As a contemporary Book of Hours, "The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime heralds a renewal of the tradition of disciplined daily prayer, and gives those already using the first twovolumes the completion they are seeking. With this volume, the series culminates with three prayer manuals encompassing the liturgical and calendar year with the offices for every day.
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Top Customer Reviews
And I would imagine a lot of people might feel that way.
But the liturgy of the hours is more than just praying traditional prayers or praying through scripture, it's about getting into a rhythm of prayer. When you pray the divine hours you are allowing the prayers to govern your time instead of just praying "whenever you feel like it."
Plus, praying through scripture has been happening since long before Christ. In fact, we know that even Christ prayed the scriptures. From the cross Jesus prays, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Which is a direct quote from Psalm 22. Praying or quoting the first line of a scriptural text was a way of "referencing" the entire passage. It was a way of saying, "I feel like this" or "remember this and what this teaches?"
And last, though praying the hours might feel like its weighted heavily in church tradition, well....that's because it is. And I think that's one of the bigger sellers for me.
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This is not a book to be read for pleasure, but instructions for those of us who did not grow up in churches that taught fixed hour prayer.
It is done in an easy way to follow.
Not quite liturgy for dummies, but close.
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We're using these for evening prayer, and they're lovely. Will probably buy her other books for the rest of the year.Published 17 months ago by E. Aagaard
Not quite what I anticipated. Rather dry; quickly became monotonous and burdensome to read. I expected it to be inspiring and thought provoking, but found rather than bringing me... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by D. Knighton
Recomended reading for any tradition of the christian Faith.
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This ebook fills a significant portion of the church calendar for other volumnes of Divine Hours that are not yet currently available in Kindle edition.Published on December 20, 2012 by Don Loro
A wonderful prayer book for the Christmas holidays. I gave it as a gift to a married couple as a special book to use together for their first and every one thereafter Christmas.Published on December 29, 2010 by Alice Hees