- Leather Bound: 8160 pages
- Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Corp; Box edition (June 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0899424112
- ISBN-13: 978-0899424118
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Liturgy of the Hours Leather Bound – June 1, 1988
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The four-volume set has many more readings for the day and more prayers than "Christian Prayer" (which I've thought of as the Reader's Digest version of the Liturgy of the Hours). [On the other hand, "Christian Prayer" does have the music as well as the words for the songs (the Liturgy of the Hours has only words), so you can sound out songs you may not have heard before].
I'm glad I invested in the leather binding for the 4-vol. Liturgy of the Hours. It is more expensive, but worth it. The book lies flat without you holding it down. This has been useful when I have prayed in the hospital, while nursing a baby, or had to leave my prayers for a moment before coming back to the page.
The day prayers are brief and have provided me with a healing respite when in the middle of a hectic work day, stopping in a church to pray a bit, settle my heart and fears, and refocus on the Lord.
The Office for the Dead has consoled me recently, with its tender focus on the mercy of the Lord.
The poetry section has introduced me to poets whose work I never knew was so deeply influenced by their faith. (I'm carrying John Donne on my Palm Pilot right now.)
"Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead. He is our saving Lord, He is joy for all ages." This book can remind you of that joy throughout your days and even during a sleepless night.
The Liturgy of the Hours can be used for private prayer and meditation as well as for communal worship. Concentrating on the words, it is easy to lift one's heart to God. The translations of the Psalms and Canticles are beautiful.
The one-volume set has the music in the back of the book. The four-volume set assumes you already know the melody to the hymns. If you don't know the melody, you can read them as poems instead of singing them.
Where can this lead? By dedicating each thing we think, say or do as a pray offering to God, we gradually grow into a state of constant prayer. It isn't necessary to be directly thinking about God as we pursue each task of our daily lives. Simply their dedication makes of them a prayer. The result is that we become consciously aware of God's presence on an ongoing basis. It's like when a person is standing behind us. They see everything we do, hear everything we say but we can't see them. Yet we KNOW they are there, and are aware of it at all times.
Once we are constantly mindful of God's presence, we allow Him to begin the purgative process, as St John of the Cross explains it. We think of hell as a 'firey furnace,' yet in the New Testament fire refers more often to God's love than anything else. In Hebrews and Wisdom 3, Scripture speaks of gold being purified in fire. Gold jewelry is an alloy with another metal, to enable crafters to shape it into a permanent, hardened state since gold is a soft, maleable metal. When we heat it up to 2500 degrees, though, it returns to its molten or liquid state, and the other metal (or 'impurity') easily separates from the gold, leaving only the pure, 24 carat gold.
Constant awareness of God's presence allows Him to begin to burn away our impurities by exposure to the fire of His perfect love.Read more ›
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What a lovely set! Well bound, the imitation leather is clean and durable. The books come with insert cards that you can put in the appropriate book for the appropriate time of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by ecae
One of the pages in one of the volumes was embedded in the binding.Published 20 days ago by David Fernandes
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To pray with the Pope,Cardinals,Bishops;all Priests,Religious,Consecrated Deacons and Brothers;with ALL the CHURCH-the same Prayers! WOW! What a GREAT WAY to PRAY! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer