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Christmastide: Prayers for Advent Through Epiphany from The Divine Hours Paperback – October 21, 2003
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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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"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 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.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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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.
I was reading somewhere about how the designers at Volkswagen decided to re-release the Beetle. And surprisingly enough it came about as a knee jerk reaction to the boom of the internet and the quick rise of technology. It seems that as each new year came and left, more and more people felt they were being thrust faster into the future. So designers and inventors started to see a rising trend in people gravitating towards things from the past. Suddenly "retro" was extremely in. So when Volkswagen was trying to come up with an idea for a new compact car in 1998, they decided to redesign the Beetle. One year later it was named "Import Car of the Year" by Motor Trend.
Not surprisingly we are seeing this same movement in the younger church. As modern church tried to make the Sunday service streamlined and more like going to the mall. Young hipsters started to move more towards all things traditional. As big mega churches began stripping away all forms of iconography, stained glass windows and pretty much anything that looked "church-like," young people began frequenting churches that not only "felt" like church, but "looked" like church as well.
Believe it or not... liturgy is cool.
So going back to me... this Christmas, to help me get back into a season of quiet time, I picked up Phyllis Tickle's Christmastide. This was a great tool to help me go through the weeks of advent and epiphany using scripture, hymns, poems and the traditional readings of the "retro church." For those of you who already own Phyllis' Winter Liturgy of the Hours, you don't need to pick this up as the readings are the same.
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