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Christian Prayer [Imitation Leather]

Catholic Book Publishing Co
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Imitation Leather, July 1 1976 --  

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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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By DarkKnight TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow thanks to the booklet included March 11 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel breviary Jan. 21 2014
By Carlo
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for anyone wanting a closer relationship with God.
This is a remarkable resource, and one to be treasured for many years. Although familiarization with its use is somewhat daunting at first, the helpful St. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2011 by Stephen E. Labuda, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is just Right for those trying to be faithfull
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. Read more
Published on May 10 2002 by G. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Little Book!
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2002 by Lane M. Bourgeois
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Whenever I went into the chapel at my undergraduate school, I saw these big read books with ribbons. Read more
Published on March 31 2000
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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