This one-volume Benedictine Daily Prayer does a remarkable job of bringing together the essential elements of the monastic Liturgy of the Hours so that the interested user can enter into that daily rhythm of prayer that lies at the heart of monastic life. This volume can also function in a wider sense as a prayer book providing hymns and biblical and non-biblical readings for further reflection and prayer. With the growing number of Benedictine oblates and other Christians of various denominations interested in more actively participating in the monastic Liturgy of the Hours, Benedictine Prayer is a very timely volume. It will prove to be a rich spiritual resource for all who use it.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
The book feels like a prayer just to hold or bring into God’s presence.
Review for Religious
The first thing you notice is how it feels to hold. The size fits so nicely in your hand, and the soft leather-like cover invites you to open to its pages. Noting its heft, you flip to the back to check the number of pages2,266. Instead of being intimidated by the volume, you can’t wait to get to know it intimately. Open to any page, and the words jump out at you, pulling you into prayer before you have a chance to think about it. For anyone who either has or desires a deep and ordered prayer life, this book is a gem.
To many, the interesting, and surely attractive, feature of this will be the use of the psalm scheme of the Rule of Benedict. In particular, the reductions in the variable psalmody of Lauds leaves the compiler free to encourage the daily use of Psalms 148 - 150, which will certainly give something of the flavour of Lauds according to the Rule.
It’s true that the best way to pray is the way one prays best. It’s true too that to pray in harmony with the whole church is prayer at its best. That has always been the hallowed tradition behind A Short Breviary initially published in 1941 by The Liturgical Press. That widely used volume is now out of print. A new expanded breviary for laity and religious has replaced the former volume that had become one of Liturgical Press’s most popular books. In an attractively designed slip, the new breviary is bound in a leatherette-like cover that will wear well. Everything about it is designed to be serviceable from the five ribbons to the end pages providing the Te Deum, Te Decet Laus, Benedictus, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.
Nearly 2500 pages of the monastic prayer cycles take you through the hours, days and seasons, built on a 1500-year tradition and most insightful as the reign of Pope Benedict begins.
This breviary is very good and has long been needed by Benedictines and their Oblates. It is highly recommended.
Curled Up With a Good Book
Here is a rich source book which will be warmly welcomed by the steadily growing number of people of all denominations who pray the daily monastic office or offices. Beautifully and clearly set out, it is easy to use through days and seasons. While much, of course, is familiar usage many of the readings are new and striking. Here is a compilation for which many will be extremely grateful.
Esther de Waal, Author of Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict