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June 27, 2008
> 4:24 PM
liturgical prayer options
I started thinking about different ways that many of us pray liturgically. There are several options for Christians who wish to pick up this habit of prayer. I thought I'd lay out a few here to give people an idea what's available. All these links are to Amazon but there are plenty of places you can get hold of these books.
Before that, I'd like to share a quote from Thomas Merton I found today while skimming through a book of his letters, The Hidden Ground of Love. The quote is from a letter written to a woman named Etta Gullick, who studied theology and later taught on prayer for a while at one of the colleges at Oxford. Apparently she had asked him to write something about "progress in prayer" - this was his answer - very interesting and worth chewing on.
Progress in Prayer: all right, if you like, I will think about writing something on it, but it is a ticklish subject because the chief obstacle to progress is too much self-awareness and to talk about "how to make progress" is a good way to make people too aware of themselves. In the long run I think progress in prayer comes from the Cross and humiliation and whatever makes us really experience our total poverty and nothingness, and also gets our mind off ourselves. But I will think a little about it. I have a real repugnance for writing things that tell everyone specifically how to do something or other spiritual now.So, as long as you don't abuse these resources and try to keep track of your progress in a little notebook or something, here you go...
Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary
Celebrating Common Prayer
Celtic Daily Prayer
Christian Prayer (1 volume liturgy of the hours)
Shorter Christian Prayer (from the above - M., E., and N prayer)
The Book of Common Prayer
The Divine Hours
The Glenstal Book of Prayer
The Liturgy of the Hours (full 4-volume set)
The Missio Dei Breviary
Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer
Now, I haven't used all of these. I use the 4-volume Liturgy of the Hours. Liz has the 1-volume Christian Prayer, and we have several of the Shorter Christian Prayer around for if we ever have a prayer party. I have a copy of Celtic Daily Prayer and the Glenstal Book of Prayer. I haven't used either regularly. I like the Glenstal book - it's a brief one. It's from an Irish Benedictine Monastery, has lots of helpful prayers as well as versions in the Irish language. I've modified the Evening Prayer from that book into a little booklet for our family to use together. Anyway, there are some options. Hopefully that's helpful.
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