--Bert Ghezzi, author of Voices of the Saints "A welcome remedy for the increasing number of lay Christians who have rediscovered the daily offices . . . Tickle puts each day's prayers, psalms, readings, and refrains--everything you need--in one place . . . The rhythm that Tickle's book establishes gives one a stronger sense of participating in an ancient, world-wide but very personal liturgy."
--Nora Gallagher, Beliefnet.com and author of Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith
The Divine Hours is the first major literary and liturgical reworking of the sixth-century Benedictine Rule of fixed-hour prayer. This beautifully conceived and thoroughly modern three-volume guide will appeal to the theological novice as well as to the ecclesiastical sophisticate. Making primary use of the Book of Common Prayer and the writings of the Church Fathers, The Divine Hours is also a companion to the New Jerusalem Bible, from which it draws its Scripture readings. The trilogy blends prayer and praise in a way that, while extraordinarily fresh, respects and builds upon the ancient wisdom of Christianity.
The third and final book in the set, Prayers for Springtime, provides prayers, psalms, and readings for this season associated with rebirth. Compact, it is perfect for those seeking greater spiritual depth. As a contemporary Book of Hours, The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime heralds a renewal of the tradition of disciplined daily prayer, and gives those already using the first two volumes the completion they are seeking. With this volume, the series culminates with three prayer manuals encompassing the liturgical and calendar year with the offices for every day.