When Phyllis Tickle's marvelous devotional trilogy The Divine HoursTM appeared, readers responded with gratitude, praise, and a great many requests for an edition of hourly prayers that they could easily carry with them--an edition that would make this ancient form of Christian worship compatible with the pace and mobility of modern life.
Now, in The Divine Hours Pocket EditionTM, Tickle has gathered one full week of fixed-hour prayers, providing an ideal companion for travelers, office-workers, people on retreat or pilgrimage, as well as newcomers to this age-old spiritual practice. As Tickle writes in her introduction, "prayer is always a place as well as an action, and the daily offices are like small chapels or wayside stations within the day's courses." Seven of these daily offices are offered for each day of the week, and each office contains the Call to Prayer, the Request for Presence, the Greeting, the Reading, the Gloria, the Psalm, the Small Verse, the Lord's Prayer, the Petition, and the Final Thanksgiving. Tickle draws her texts primarily from the Book of Common Prayer and the writings of the Church Fathers, and includes memorable devotional and meditative poems by Cleland McAfee, Charles Wesley, and others. Tickle also provides a chapter of "Traditional, Seasonal, and Occasional Prayers" in order to accommodate special dates like Advent, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving; major life-changes such as marriage, birth, death, and illness; and moments of special petition or thanksgiving.
For all those who want to carry a "small chapel" of prayers with them, The Divine Hours Pocket EditionTM offers a convenient, easy-to-use, and deeply spiritual guide to adevotional practice that extends all the way back to Christ and the twelve Apostles.
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1 . Tickle is good
Posted September 26, 2011 by Cliff Anderson , Portland, ORI'm going through the process of becoming Catholic and this ebook helps me to generate the habit of praying. There is a sufficient amount of time slots by which a person can pray through the day; it covers a week's worth of prayer; it's easily laid out so one can pause, meditate, and not get lost in relocated one's place in the text. Unfortunately, part of the praying is to recite the Gloria and the Lord's Prayer; there are placeholders for them but they are not part of the text. I have to write them on a piece of paper then refer to them at the appropriate times. They're easy enough to memorize so that niggle will pass.
I wish Tickle's other - larger - Divine Hours books would come to the electronic world. That would be fantastic.
At the price, purchasing this book is a no-brainer if you're looking for an easy-to-follow prayer book; I'd like to compare it to the Book of Common Prayer but I don't have it, yet.
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May 14, 2007
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