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Christian Prayer [Imitation Leather]

Catholic Book Publishing Co
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July 1 1976
This volume is liturgically accurate, magnificently printed, and beautifully bound as befits it use for the Prayer of the Church. You will find this book ideal for both your private and your communal daily prayer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Practicing the Presence of God April 2 2004
By Scout
Format:Imitation Leather
The Liturgy of the Hours is a great stepping stone for transforming our entire lives into prayer. The single volume Christian Prayer is a good starter. With the discipline of sticking with it daily, we tend to thirst for more. Then the four volume, more extensive set becomes a valuable purchase. The organization of its volumes into the various liturgical seasons better than the single book enhances our ability to focus on 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for beginners Nov. 25 2003
Format:Imitation Leather
For the beginner, praying the Divine Office is tough. As a result, many (like myself) might not want to go out and spend a large amount of money on the four larger official books that make up the Office used by priests and religious until certain that this kind of prayer is of benefit.
For the novice, then, this work is excellent.
One caution, however: this book is difficult to navigate at first. It does take time to set the ribbons where they need to be, but an easy read through the introductory sections can alleviate some of the burden. I'd also recommend that you run over to the Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate website and view their free texts to make sure that you are indeed saying the Office correctly, since they have everything laid out in full on each individual prayer.
Overall, a wonderful selection for anyone looking to pray the major hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Imitation Leather
This book condenses four or more volumnes, so those who are looking for the "complete" office of the hours should buy the complete psalter set. My recommendation if you choose this prayerbook is to be sure to get the small guide that comes with it from the publisher, as it gives the suggested pages for the days devotions, so that if you choose to serve a full day of office you can with others in U.S. It is easier to follow with the guide. You should also review the introductory pages at the begining of the book as well as at the begining of "The Ordinary of the Hours" section before you begin using the Liturgy. I carry this single prayer book everywhere I go. It does meet my needs to be called to a deeper prayer life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Little Book! Feb. 17 2002
Format:Imitation Leather
This is a beautiful little book! (2,000 pages worth!) It's perfect for those who want just one volume, not the entire set, and is a fine tool for prayer. I especially like the idea of adding my voice to the Church's own prayer, which is of course what the Liturgy of the Hours is all about.
That being said, it did seem a little hard to use, although not exceedingly so. You may need a little help from your local Priest to use it properly. My Priest has been most helpful, and has cleared up those areas that I was confused about. It was well worth the effort to learn. ...
This is of course the condensed version, so naturally it does lack the richness of the full volumes, which I have had a chance to look through. So this single volume may seem a little pricy when compared with the full set. For about double the price of this one book, you can get all four. However, being condensed, it is a specialty type book, and I think that is probably why it is priced as it is. I consider it well worth the price--even though I was slightly disappointed with the cover, which I believed was to be of a fine leather. It might in fact be leather, but it feels more like a vinyl to me.
To summarize, if you want a compact book of good quality for prayer, this little book fits the bill beautifully!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! March 31 2000
By A Customer
Format:Imitation Leather
Whenever I went into the chapel at my undergraduate school, I saw these big read books with ribbons. Occasionally, I'd open it, wonder what the heck weeks I-IV were, and close it again figuring whatever it was, it wasn't for me. Then, one day, I happened upon an "Morning Prayer" group who actually had the things open! I got the short version of how the book was organized and what it was. I said to myself, "neat," and promply forgot about it.
But this past year (three years later), I have rediscovered this treasure. Recommended by a friend, I ordered this book, read the instructions and began to pray along, more or less every day. It was helpful! It's amazing to me how rich the psalms and readings actually are. And begining and ending the day by prasing God seams somehow to frame the day in a calmer, more forgiving light.
I recommend making a pact with yourself to open it every day (whether you hit the snooze one too many times or not!) It works great for a Lenten discipline, at least for me. And, oh, you have to make a pact with yourself to actually read, and think, and pray about the texts used. My eyes do tend to spead read...
Its a really good way, in my opinon, to both feel united with the church as a whole and remember who it is that we should begin and end each day praising! And these big red books with ribbons aren't nearly as forbidding as they appear!
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Published 2 months ago by DarkKnight
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow thanks to the booklet included
First time using this book and it was daunting, but thanks for a small booklet included, it explains where all the ribbons go, and after asking questions in my parish and talking... Read more
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Published on Jan. 4 2011 by Stephen E. Labuda, Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not terribly impressive...
In no particular order, some thoughts on "Christian Prayer". Essentially this is an abridged translation of the original Latin "Liturgy of the Hours" (4... Read more
Published on April 9 2001 by lfratan@acad.udallas.edu
2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian language, cumbersome.
Having prayed the hours for several months using Tickle's excellent "Divine Hours", I have become interested in breviaries. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2001 by Ingalls
2.0 out of 5 stars Get the real deal.
Get the Liber Usualis from either 1952 or 1958. You'll find a good one at: [...] Hopefully Amazon will get this edition soon and can sell it for a lower price.
Published on Sept. 19 2000 by C. Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
This is the liturgy of the hours (LH) trimmed down to its bare minimum. It is great for beginners to get the hang of praying the hours, but it does not have a lot of the material... Read more
Published on Dec 17 1999 by "mvsmith"
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