Synopses & Reviews
For those who want to grow spiritually, Benedictine Daily Prayer provides an everyday edition of the Divine Office. People who desire to pray with the church can do so in a simple manner by following this Benedictine daily prayer model. Based on solid and traditional prayer patterns of more than fifteen hundred years of liturgical prayer within the Benedictine monastic tradition, Benedictine Daily Prayer helps readers celebrate and appreciate God's presence that is found everywhere, especially within the Divine Office. It offers a richer diet of classic office hymnody, psalmody, and Scripture than shorter resources are able to provide.
Benedictine Daily Prayer is designed for Benedictine Oblates, Benedictine monastics, and men and women everywhere. It's small enough to fit in a briefcase for travel. Scripture readings are from the NRSV.
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Benedictine Daily Prayer includes "Introduction," "An Aid to Praying Benedictine Daily Prayer," "Monastic Calendar," "Sunday and Weekday Readings," "The Ordinary of the Liturgy of the Hours," "The Weekly Psalter," "Supplemental Psalms and Canticles for Vigils and Lauds," "Festival Psalter," "Common for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary," "Common for Feasts of Apostles," "Common for Feasts of Martyrs," "Common for Feasts of Holy Men and Women," "Office for the Dead," "Proper of the Season (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Triduum, Easter, Pentecost)," "Proper of the Saints," and "Appendix: A Selection of Benedictine Prayers."
Maxwell E. Johnson, PhD, is an oblate of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. His articles have appeared frequently in Worship. He is the author of Living Water, Sealing Spirit, The Rites of Christian Initiation, and Between Memory and Hope, published by Liturgical Press."
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 Gods 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 cant 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.Conversatio
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.Downside Review
Its true that the best way to pray is the way one prays best. Its 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 Presss 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.Prairie Messenger
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.Todays Books
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
Benedictine Daily Praye
r provides an everyday edition of the Divine Office for people who desire to pray with the church in a simple manner. Based on fifteen hundred years of liturgical prayer within the Benedictine monastic tradition, Benedictine Daily Prayer
offers a rich diet of classic office hymnody, psalmody, and Scripture.
This fully revised edition includes:
Benedictine Daily Prayer
- A new organization for the Office of Vigils, structured on a two-week cycle
- Daily Offices also arranged on a two-week cycle
- Patristic readings for each Sunday
- Concluding prayers for the daily and seasonal offices
- A more user-friendly layout
is designed for Benedictine oblates, Benedictine monastics, and men and women everywhere. Small enough to fit in a briefcase for travel, it is arranged by date. Scripture readings are from the NRSV.
About the Author
Maxwell E. Johnson is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His numerous publications are on the origins and development of early Christian liturgy as well as on current ecumenical theological questions, especially among Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans. He is the author and/or editor of over fifteen books and seventy essays and articles in books and journals. He is also a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Societas Liturgica, and the Society of Oriental Liturgy.