Christian Prayer Imitation Leather – Jul 1 1976
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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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Fantastic for those who want a more portable version of the Divine Office.Published 22 months ago by Ryan Sales
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 morePublished on March 11 2014 by Paula Fournier
Excellent little breviary, great when traveling and you don't want to drag the revalent volume of the 4 volume breviary. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2014 by Carlo
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2011 by Stephen E. Labuda, Jr.
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 morePublished on April 9 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Having prayed the hours for several months using Tickle's excellent "Divine Hours", I have become interested in breviaries. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2001 by Ingles
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