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The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours

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You don't live in a cloister or a monastery, but you take your prayer life seriously and want to explore ways to pray regularly and better. The Liturgy of the Hours is one of those ways—but for those of us who find it a little intimidating, Daria Sockey provides a solid overview to this ancient prayer practice. The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours will ...more
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Published February 22nd 2013 by Servant
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Jul 02, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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It's so easy to think that there's not time for prayer. There'sso! much! else! to do...whether laundry or bills or writing or a thousand other projects.

It's so easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices for prayer. Should I pray a rosary? Or maybe I should spend time with Scripture? Oh, wait, what about the Liturgy of the Hours?

How am I supposed to get anything else done?

Or is it just me?

My hit-or-miss relationship with the Liturgy of the Hours was recently corrected and jumpstarted by Daria Soc
Julie Davis
Feb 07, 2014 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing
Awaking the Dawn--Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is one of the two principal Hours of the day on which the day's liturgy--and our own day--should hang. Hence, the Church's reference to Morning and Evening Prayer as the "hinges" of the liturgical day. That makes sense on the natural level. Our day's activity begins in the morning, and winds down in the evening. It is fitting to sanctify this beginning and ending of our daily work with liturgical prayer.

Although the entire Liturgy of the Hours is ab
May 05, 2013 Nefficus rated it really liked it
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If you want a place to start for learning the Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH), this is it. Sockey has done us a huge service and filled a void - many Catholics have heard of the LOTH, and have desired to try it, only to find learning it difficult and resources for learning scarce. No longer...Sockey provides how-to pointers, an explanation of the history and purpose of the LOTH, why one should consider the LOTH for prayer even as a layperson, and a treasure trove of further resources to help one div ...more
Ann Yeong
Jul 03, 2013 Ann Yeong rated it it was amazing
Finally! An accessible yet comprehensive resource for anyone who would like to learn about the Liturgy of the Hours! Daria Sockey answered practically every question I ever had about the LIturgy of the Hours - Where did the practice come from? Why is it considered so important in the Church? How are the psalms chosen? Why the various hours? How do I pray the psalms? What are the various parts of each hour and why are they there? Where do I begin? What's the spirituality of the psalmist? From fac ...more
L Clare
Jul 08, 2013 L Clare rated it it was amazing
I've wanted to learn how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours for a very long time. Certainly from before I'd even become a Catholic or was seriously investigating it. I think there's something very special about punctuating your day with prayer whether that's a simple bedtime prayer or Compline sung in Latin. Since I found out that the Liturgy of the Hours existed in a form (actually various forms) approved by the Church, I've made many attempts to make it part of my life. I found it boring, time c ...more
Richard Grebenc
May 22, 2013 Richard Grebenc rated it it was amazing
The closing words of Daria Sockey's introduction are: "Are you ready to begin the adventure?" Very appropriate in that she then immediately takes the reader on a short (only 115 pages) but full journey through the Liturgy of the Hours. Divided into three parts, she begins by explaining what the Hours is, where it comes from (many will be surprised by its early origins), and why the reader should consider praying the Hours. She provides excellent explanations and background and is quite convincin ...more
Andrew Doohan
Jan 01, 2016 Andrew Doohan rated it really liked it
Despite suffering from a lack of awareness, the Liturgy of the Hours (or the Divine Office) is a large and significant party of the liturgical/spiritual life of the Church, and, therefore, of all the members of the Church. It is not, as is commonly thought, the sole province of clergy and religious!

This book provides a very accessible and basic introduction to the Liturgy of the Hours, its structure and components, and how to pray it. For those who have heard about this liturgical form and are w
Sep 21, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
If anyone ever says me, "I'm really interested in the Liturgy of the Hours/Breviary/Divine Office, but it's too thick and confusing, what with all those sections, and how to you figure out what goes where? Is there really any point?" this is the book I can recommend without complaint. It's a great basic level introduction to what the LOTH is, how to navigate it, what options/versions there are, as well as why to read it. I say basic level introduction as I hope there's going to be a "going deepe ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Argum rated it really liked it
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Mrs. Sockey does a clear job laying out the whys and the whats of the Liturgy of the Hours. I think though I am more discouraged than when I picked up the book out of my own naivete. As a cradle Catholic, and maybe more so because I read Sister Fidelma, Sister Frevisse and other mystery series featuring monastics, I was familiar with the concept, but not the particulars. I for instance had no idea that Vatican II actually strongly encouraged and made active strides to have the laity participate ...more
Robert Gourley
Nov 16, 2013 Robert Gourley rated it it was amazing
Though I've been praying The Hours for over ten years, and consider myself something of an "old hand", this book was a great refresher course and a reaffirmation. It even brings to light some things I never saw before. For example: the connection between The Magnificat and 1 Samuel 2:1-10 ("Hannah's Song") - after ten years, how that one blew passed me I'll never know, but now I get it, and it's beautiful and sublime.
Strongly recommended for the novice and "the old hand".
Christine Williams
Feb 07, 2014 Christine Williams rated it really liked it
A helpful guide for those who want to pray Liturgy of the Hours but find navigating through the Breviary to be confusing (example: me). The author also gives history and theological insight about LOTH, which can enrich understanding of the prayers.
Jul 28, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book a B+ as being informative, easy to read and motivating.
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Jun 17, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
An excellent how-to guide for beginners to this beautiful method of prayer, this book also covers the "why" OD this prayer. Recommended, and not only for beginners.
Johanna Pichardo
May 15, 2013 Johanna Pichardo rated it it was amazing
Great resource for all those who want to pray the Liturgy of the Hours or have been and need the understanding and inspiration to commit to it more faithfully.
Dec 30, 2013 Alek rated it it was amazing
So inspiring. :)
Sep 05, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Great place to start if you want to learn to pray the Liturgy.
Apr 14, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Daria Sockey's The Everyday Catholics Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, is a much needed entry in an otherwise barren landscape of "How to pray the Divine Office" guides. There is only one other How-To book that I'm aware of and that is "the Divine Office for Dodos" book. I've read both and suggest that newcomers start with to the The Everyday Catholics Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours as it does a better job of giving the big picture view and structure of each office. More than being just a H ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Lamsouth rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for anyone interested in learning and praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Good, simple and easy to get going. I found it enjoyable and very helpful in my prayer life.
Dec 30, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
I am not Catholic, but this short book is a well written intro to the Divine Hours and serves as an apt reminder to pray without ceasing.
Mar 08, 2014 Thomas rated it it was amazing
An excellent guide to help me begin a new spiritual discipline during Lent.
Mar 01, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the humor and ease of the writing.
Jun 05, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
This book explains the history and practice of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily public prayer of the Catholic Church. The book is very well written, and provides loads of information for anyone considering joining in on this universal daily prayer but uncertain how to begin, or even for those who are just curious as to what is involved.

It is important to note that this book is not a breviary, and contains no actual prayers or readings from the Liturgy of the Hours. It is simply, as the title
Aug 16, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
I think I'd have enjoyed this more if I'd had it on dead tree instead of Kindle--being able to skip parts or reread them, without getting lost.
Mary Macellis
Jun 25, 2014 Mary Macellis rated it it was amazing
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Excellant Instruction Book! I needed a slight review, and this was perfect...Again lol.
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