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The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime (2000)

by Phyllis Tickle

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A useful tool for practicing the discipline of the divine hours/divine office/praying the hours.

The author uses an eclectic model for providing the substance for the suggested prayers, and on the whole it is suitable for those of us who are not as comfortable with many of the ritual and doctrinal aspects of the Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican traditions. There are three offices per day-- morning, afternoon, and vespers-- along with a compline for bedtime, provided at the end of each month. Most of the readings feature Scripture although some apocryphal and later Christian authors are also used.

One must be on guard for references to intercession of saints, observance of Sunday as the Sabbath, inappropriate conceptualizations of worship, and a few other hazards. Nevertheless, as a devotional tool, the work is quite beneficial. ( )
  deusvitae | Jun 23, 2011 |
Only useful if you are using it for personal devotions. All pronouns refer to 1st person, never community. There are a number of incorrect references to scripture, not surprising because there must be thousands of Psalm texts quoted. ( )
  netedt | Oct 28, 2010 |
This is a bit unwieldy if you want to take it places, but otherwise an excellent resource for daily prayer within the Christian Tradition. ( )
  Arctic-Stranger | Apr 12, 2007 |
The edition of The Divine Hours edited by Phyllis Tickle has become my prayer book. Ms. Tickle makes praying the hours so simple and approachable. For someone wanting to try praying "set prayers" at set times, this book is a great start. ( )
  GwG | Nov 15, 2006 |
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The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime by Phyllis Tickle draws on the Book of Common Prayer and the Church Fathers, as well as the New Jerusalem Bible, to provide daily readings and prayers (for morning, noon, vespers, and complin) for every day between October and January. Tickle's book of hours modernizes the ancient practice of fixed-hour prayer, as originally practiced by the Jews ("Seven times a day do I praise you" [Psalm 119:164]) and adapted by early Christians. The book's introduction provides a short history of this tradition of prayer, whose centrality in Christian worship was cemented in the sixth century, when St. Benedict fashioned the rule of his community according to the schedule of fixed-hour prayer. The introduction also encourages readers to experiment with sung and chanted prayer (the encouragement includes the tantalizing observation by Saint Augustine that "Whoever sings, prays twice"). The discipline described by The Divine Hours is demanding, but the rewards, as Tickle describes them, are great. Christians who practice fixed-hour prayer "find themselves filled with a conscious awareness that they are handing their worship, at its final 'Amen,' on to other Christians in the next time zone. Like relay runners passing a lighted torch, those who do the work of fixed-hour prayer create thereby a continuous cascade of praise before the throne of God."

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