From Publishers Weekly
Tickle, a prolific author and contributing editor for PW, makes her marvelous trilogy The Divine Hours accessible to novice readers unaccustomed to the ancient church tradition of fixed-hour prayer. Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent and continuing through the 12 days of Christmas through Epiphany, this manual includes daily offices for morning, noon and vespers. The times of each office are flexible; late risers will be thrilled to see that the morning liturgy can be accomplished anytime between 6 and 9 a.m. There are readings, hymns and psalms for each day, as well as a prayer appointed for each week. The manual is intended for individual use, but can be adapted for "those blessed occasions in our lives when the office can be kept in company with others."
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From the Inside Flap
?A welcome remedy for the increasing number of lay Christians who have rediscovered the daily offices. Tickle puts each day?s prayers, psalms, readings, and refrains?everything you need?in one place. The rhythm that Tickle?s book establishes gives one a stronger sense of participating in an ancient, worldwide but very personal liturgy.?
?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 two volumes 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.From the Hardcover edition.