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The Divine Hours (Volume Three): Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer (Tickle, Phyllis) Paperback – January 17, 2006

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The Divine Hours is simply the best book for people who want to work prayer into the fabric of their daily life.”
—Bert Ghezzi, author of Voices of the Saints
 
“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, world-wide but very personal liturgy.”
—Nora Gallagher, Beliefnet.com and author of Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Tickle, Phyllis
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Image; Reprint edition (January 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385505574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385505574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karl Sooder on May 28, 2006
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As someone who has worked with a good number of prayer books over many years including the old Roman Breviary (in Latin), Phyllis Tickle has produced a true trilogy masterpiece. It is extremely "user-friendly" with all prayer materials appearing in tight sequence on each page, eliminating the need to flip all over a book, searching for "what's next?" Thank you for making my life more simple, Ms. Tickle!! I now have more time for real prayer.

More importantly, the assigned prayers and reading selections for each day are very well chosen. They are all on the side of thoughtful brevity. This helps create that wonderful atmosphere prescribed by St. Benedict(father of western monasticism)who instructs "therefore prayer ought to be short and pure, except when it is occasionally prolonged by the inspiration of Divine Grace."
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Roman Catholics love it too!!!! This book is wonderful and subtle and changes your life!

If the discipline of daily prayer (let alone several times a day!) has ever been a struggle for you then YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK and the rest of the series!

I cannot even begin to stress the importance of stoppping for a time-out with God four times a day. Ms Tickle has done a terrific job of putting together prayers, hymns and short Bible readings (OT & NT) that will guide and change you. She has managed to compile what we all need in order to put the hurry and worry and stress of life into perspective. It will encourage prayer for self and others and re-focus you on the truly important aspects of life.
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This is one of three volumes intended to guide the reader through the annual calendar in prayer. In each volume the author collects scriptures prayers and hymns into a daily rythmn of morning midday and evening prayers. The best thing about it is that what has traditionally been spread throughout a prayer book in several sections is here gathered onto one or two pages each day. Genius!
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"The Divine Hours," by Phyllis Tickle, is a refreshing approach to the ancient practice of the offices of daily prayer, that has been practiced continuously for nearly two milleniaby Christian believers. Regardless of your denomination, Tickle's "Divine Hours" makes this tradition readily accessible to all Christians- whether Protestant or Catholic.

In the beginning of each volume, Tickle provides a concise "Brief History of Fixed Hour Prayer" as well as "Notes for Use of this Manual" which are very helpful, fascinating and informative. The book itself is arranged in three brief daily offices of about 1-2 pages each containing Psalm verses, prayers of the day, as well as a suggestion to say the Lord's prayer. The fourth office, said before retiring for the evening is found in the "complines" section for each month. The book can be used interchangably in any year, as it is arranged by day of the week closest to _____ date.

There is also a special section for Holy Week and Easter in the spring edition.

I heard about this wonderful resource from my pastor, and have found it to be a tremendously meaningful and spiritually fulfilling discipline. I must admit I have not said each and every office, but I do squeeze in about two a day on average, and just pick up with the date and time for that given day.

I highly recommend this series of excellent books for anyone looking to deepen their spiritual journey in a very enriching way!
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A very solid three and a half stars. I have been using the three books of the series in rotation with more elaborate fixed hour prayer plans and this one is by far the best set for an introduction to the discipline. Everything is printed in the text (except the Lord's Prayer and the Gloria), so no need for multiple volumes open at one time and fingers stuck at different places in the text, or ribbons that have become tangled. No need to keep more than two ribbons or bookmarks in the book at a time--the ribbon for the morning, midday and evening offices, and a second bookmark for the monthly compline services. The other two volumes would receive four or even four and a half stars. However, this volume has an unfortunate lack of dedicated Lenten orders, unlike the Advent and Christmas sections in the Wintertime volume. It does have a special selection of readings for Holy Week, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday, but for a life-long church goer the lack of that period of reflection (set apart from secular time) is frustrating. While the majority of her choices in February and March are Lenten in character, there is an unevenness to the editing, with Gloria Patris still appearing on some days and omitted entirely on others. The Gloria still appears in Holy Week as well. Based on copyrights, I suspect this was the first of the three completed, and it could use an update, with dedicated Lenten, Holy Week,and the First Octave of Easter sections as well as ordinary time readings for February and the first two weeks of March.
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These make a consistent devotional life a lot less stressful, as the schedule is easy to follow and no paging back and forth to find the next part of the reading. Much of the content is from the Book of Common Prayer, and it is REALLY nice.
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