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Christian Prayer Imitation Leather – Jul 1 1976


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  • Imitation Leather
  • Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Corp (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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 to my pastor, I have a good sense of the book, though it will take time to get used to. I love reading it, it's like reading beautiful religious poetry. Love this new adventure.
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By Carlo on Jan. 21 2014
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Excellent little breviary, great when traveling and you don't want to drag the revalent volume of the 4 volume breviary. One little issue but it's so minor it doesn't merit losing a star over: the semi-hard case it comes in closes over the top of the volume requiring you to tuck in the fabric bookmarks before closing it. All I'm all an excellent tool, will serve me well after my ordination.
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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 Joshua Miller 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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