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"We never pray alone. When we pray, we are in heaven with the Fathers and the saints. They are our contemporaries and our close companions. This book opens our eyes, hour after hour, to that splendid reality. Working with the saints, Milton Walsh can change the way you experience the Church's prayer." --Mike Aquilina

"The Office of Readings is one of the deepest treasures in the Church's liturgical prayer, but one of the least appreciated. Who are the people who wrote these reflections? Didymus the Blind? Faustinus Luciferanus? John the Serene of Naples? Hedwig? Gertrude? Milton Walsh introduces you to these people as if he has been friends with them for years. He has. And now so can you." --Fr. Paul Turner, Former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy

"As usage of the Liturgy of the Hours increases among members of the Church, Witness of the Saints: Patristic Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours provides a timely exposition of the rich heritage available in the Church's Prayer. A concise, informative, and well written history of the Liturgy of the Hours serves as introduction to a valuable selection of passages from the Fathers and the saints, taken from the Office of Readings and arranged in accordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We can be most grateful to Milton Walsh for this outstanding volume of invaluable resources that will enlighten and inspire readers for years to come." --Abbot Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (November 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586176625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586176624
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By arturo escobedo on December 21, 2012
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This is a really nice hardcover book. It has the writings of the saints, fathers of the church and others in the book and they are excellent for mental prayer. However one thing I noticed while reading through some of the texts and comparing them with the actual text in the liturgy of the hours is that this book often offers shorter truncated texts and doesn't offer the full text that the liturgy of the hours has. However I don't know if this applies to all of the texts or just some. Otherwise it is an excellent book and very useful for prayer.

Revision 6/5/2013:
After looking through the book more thoroughly I realized that the readings are actually cut apart in a certain way. If there is a part of a reading pertaining to faith or Jesus or some other teaching it is placed in the corresponding section related to the catechism, thus the full readings are there, but different parts of the readings are in different parts of the book based on what subject or teaching they pertain too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 15, 2013
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Some background: The Office of Readings is a part of the Catholic Church's daily official prayer (the Liturgy of the Hours). It consists mainly of psalms and other passages from scripture, but the Office of Readings also includes a daily passage from the writings of the saints. These are primarily the early church "fathers" and "doctors" (the latter term being a more specific definition used by the Church to honor the very greatest of Christian teachers. Not all "fathers" are "doctors". Some have both designations. And the "doctors" who lived later in history are obviously not "fathers". Especially those who are female!) And a few more selections in the office of Readings are not by fathers or doctors. They are from other saints, particularly on those saints' feast days, or from the texts of the Second Vatican Council.
I've read the daily Office of Readings for many years, and although I enjoyed it as spiritual reading, the plain text in my breviary often left me a little frustrated. I'd often be impressed by a passage that expounded a very Catholic understanding of the Eucharist, the papacy, or the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and would then wonder, "Who was this writer? when was this written?" The breviary does not tell us which century Cyprian or Sophronius or Melito or Zeno came from. This is the first problem solved by Witness of the Saints. Part one is a chronological listing of every writer, followed with another section that gives, in alphabetical order, a short bio sketch of each of them. Yes, it's the kind of information we could all obtain in an internet search, but you know how it is--too much trouble. But with this book sitting near my breviary, it will be easy to answer this kind of question immediately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Beverlin Jr. on July 3, 2013
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One of the strengths of the Liturgy of the Hours is the Office of Readings (OOR). The 2nd readings for each day are mostly by the patristic fathers of the church. There are indexes in this book that point you to all readings in the OOR by each father of the church and discussion of the special focus of that father of the church (such as the Blessed Virgin Mary etc.). In addition this book has a summary of their lives from the information that we know about them. So if you are reading the patristic reading for a day and want to know and possibly read other passages by that same patristic author you can go to the index and easily find other readings by them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Barto VINE VOICE on January 19, 2015
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This is a great concept for a book, organizing the patristic readings from the Roman Office of Readings by topic. That being noted, there are two significant shortcomings. As noted by other reviewers, the editing is sometimes extreme and necessary context is lacking for some of the passages. The second failing, and it is a failing, is that the text of the Kindle edition is visibly hyperlinked and underlined throughout, making it virtually unreadable. Take a look at the preview online for the Kindle edition to see what I mean. I returned the book to Amazon after trying for weeks to get someone at the publisher or Amazon to take ownership and correct the bad formatting. That was two years ago, and the Kindle text is still unsatisfactory.
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