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on January 14, 2014
The Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, is the Catholic Church's official way of providing structured prayer throughout the day. Each day is divided into segments called "hours," and each hour is assigned a portion of the Psalms along with hymns, responsories, and readings from Scripture. Clergy are bound to recite the entire Office, whether in private or public; laity are encouraged to recite whatever parts they can and wish to. The hour recited before going to sleep is commonly called "Compline," from the Latin phrase "ad completorium," or "at the completion [of the day]." Compline is the shortest and most accessible hour, the best place to start if you want to learn how the Liturgy of the Hours works.

I once had a long-stalled personal project to produce the equivalent of this book. I'm glad I didn't finish it, because Fr. Weber's work is superior to anything I could have done. Texts and chants are typeset beautifully, the edition is clearly laid out, and the binding is durable and attractive. I'm looking forward to incorporating chanted Compline into my family's prayer time once a week, or more often if circumstances permit.
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on April 4, 2017
I adore this book. I never minded using my breviary, but this book as totally changed my night prayer into a much deeper and beautiful expression. The bindings and paper are heirloom quality, the print is clean and there is enough whitespace on each page to really make the psalms pop, a helpful thing when I'm tired and heading to bed. The musical notation is so much easier to follow than standard notation. I especially love the red and black ink, ir really brings out the liturgical quality of this book. This books doesn't deserve six stars, it deserves seven.
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on March 29, 2011
This little book is comes in handy if you want to begin Chanting Night Prayer (Compline) of the current Liturgy of the Hours. It has the Latin to the left and the English to the right. Also it has a small hymn section and Marian Antiphons.

For those who are just getting into Chanting and want an excellent book for Chanting Night Prayer in English this is the way to go. The Chants in English are simple English tones that are also used in the Mundelein Psalter (which has both Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer included). The Latin translation uses the traditional Latin tones which are a bit more complex for beginners but not too difficult for those who already know some Gregorian Chant.

I definitely recommend it to those who want to begin praying nightly prayer in a new and more prayerful way!
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on March 20, 2015
I use this during Adoration at my Church and it gives me another way of focusing on Adoration as when I was in the Seminary.
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on August 20, 2014
Night time office - great prayer book.
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on February 15, 2013
have started listening to the broadcast latin compline on vatican radio but was struggling to follow the latin.
This is perfect for following the words.
Although the book doesn't offer any of the commonly used latin versions of the penitential rite.

(Also the actual chant melodies are different from those broadcast from the vatican).
However - great little hardback book
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on July 23, 2013
I've found that chanting Compline has been a real blessing for me. It really helps to be more immersed in the prayer. Note that this book assumes that you know how to read chant notation, so if you're just learning be sure to have another source for studying up on that. It is extremely usable and clear. Sure, there's a lot of page turning, but it's a lot easier to use than Christian Prayer! It's nice to have this particular Divine Office in a separate book.
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on August 2, 2016
A beautiful way to end a day.
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on August 12, 2014
I use it many nights to sing the service at home.
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on September 11, 2015
good product, quick shipping AAA+
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