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Christian Prayer Imitation Leather – Jul 1 1976


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  • Imitation Leather
  • Publisher: Catholic Book Pub Co (July 1 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899424066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899424064
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 13.2 x 5.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scout on April 2 2004
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 By Purchaser on 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 By G. Martin on May 10 2002
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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Format: Leather Bound
I became quite interested in praying the Daily Offices/Liturgy of the Hours, as I was looking for a way to get past simply praying about things in my life and needed help with. The Daily Office does just that, and joins you in union with the prayers of clergy of the Catholic Church..The Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Nuns, the various orders, and lay people. It's a powerful feeling being able to join with them in giving thanks and praise.

Christian Prayer is an abbreviated edition of the Liturgy of the Hours, which guides you through the year-long liturgical calendar. The biggest difference is it includes prayer that cycle, as well as an office of readings that cycles, rather than the full liturgy which has different ones each day (and is contained in four books). This edition includes: Morning prayer, daytime prayer (mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon), evening prayer, night prayer, and as mentioned, the office of readings. There's a full calendar of the Proper of Saints, which highlights each day of the year were a saint is recognized. These will often includes a prayer and depending on their significance, readings and antiphon's.

The book itself is fairly well built. The binding seems strong, and the cover feels like it will hold up to years of use. The pages are thin, but this is understandable given that the book has many. I know people who are still using Christian Prayer books from the 80s, so I hope mine will stand up that long. This has easily become my #2 required book, besides The Bible.

It took me at least a week to finally figure out what I was doing, and to pray the hours properly.
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