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The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime, Volume 3

(The Divine Hours #3)

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The third and final volume in a trilogy of prayer manuals compiled by Publishers Weekly religion editor Phyllis Tickle as a contemporary Book of Hours to guide Christians gently yet authoritatively through the daily offices.

The Divine Hours is the first major literary and liturgical reworking of the sixth-century Benedictine Rule of fixed-hour prayer. This beautifully conc
Paperback, 688 pages
Published January 17th 2006 by Image (first published 2001)
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Joshua Casey
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If this is your first intro to fixed-hour prayer, Divine Hours can seem a little heavy. You might want to first try Common Prayer by Claiborne. However, this amazing series gives a much deeper journey into the practice as it includes 3 unique prayers for each day and a set of daily prayers for each month's compline. It also includes various special weeks for the high seasons of the Church. Following the BCP, with readings primarily from the Jerusalem Bible, and excerpts from Christians of many t ...more
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was introduced to "Praying the Hours" during a spiritual disciplines retreat. Though I am a Protestant, and this discipline is practiced mostly by Catholics (though it should be noted the author is a member of the Episcopal Church) , I was enchanted by it. I found "Praying the Hours" to be a comforting and meditative discipline that forced to me to stop my frenetic mind periodically throughout the day to focus on God, who He is, what He has done and what He has said. It helps me to slow down, ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, 2018
This book has made a huge difference to my prayer life and to my days. I look forward to pausing for a couple of minutes throughout the day to read from its selections. Sometimes I even remember and miss it when I am out of the house - then I use the Pocket Edition. I don't manage to read every prayer every day, but there's no condemnation here! I was a bit overwhelmed as I bought the Pocket Edition first, and that has all seven times for prayer, including Office of the Night Watch between 1:30- ...more
An amazing book with prayers for Morning, Midday, Evening, and Compline--basically, just Scriptures laid out to pray with a Collect for each week. Following the Christian Year, we celebrate those Saints who are included in the Bible: Saint Paul, Saint John, Saint Mary Magdalene, etc. The Springtime book, one of three (the other two are The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summer and The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime, each one with a four-month span that takes us through the entire yea ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've used the Divine Hours books for several years. Well put together. Good quality throughout. I think they can now only be purchased new as paperback which is too bad as the hard cover edition will stay open on your desk or table. The p'back will not.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm falling in love with praying the hours and Tickle's collection is an excellent guide for someone who isn't part of a mainline church group.
Steve Penner
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was an attempt to create a habit of daily prayer. The book covers 4 months of 4 daily readings and prayers. I found it impossible to be consistent in morning, noon, evening and bedtime praying. The book is too cumbersome to carry around, so if you are working or traveling or just out of the house regularly, the regimen becomes difficult at best. The prayers and readings are most often taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer with lots of supplements from various sources. The Lord's Pra ...more
Michele Zuniga
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Praying and reading Scripture four times a day is a discipline one must practice in order to get the value of, like most anything, like physical exercise. The Divine Hours is like having a stationary bike in winter. I set alerts in my phone, and at the least I am able to say hello to God in the middle of playing with grandchildren or phone banking for a political campaign. Fixed prayer with the Divine Hours is better because God can speak to me throughout the day--when I am ready to listen, and ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Resource for practice of Christian meditation/prayer
Recommended to Lily by: Pastor W.
A lovely reference and resource. Personally, too much to use all of it for daily practice, but wonderful for periods or used partially as time, needs, and desires permit. Has a section for use during Lent and Easter. Based on ancient Benedictine hours, with a Morning Office, Midday Office, Vespers Office, and Compline (Night Office).

Like the care of the publishing and binding of the hardcopy, even included ribbon marker (not certain about more recent editions).
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's simply a well-organized aid to structured prayer and worship. I have not followed it religiously (I have trouble with that), but I use it from time to time to help me get back on track. It's organized by day, week, and month within a season of the liturgical calendar. I recommend starting with any one of the three volumes in this set, depending on today's date (the time of year).
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the rhythm of praying the hours! My pastor gifted me with this book about 12 years ago, and I have enjoyed praying with it several times ... it encourages me to know the Scriptures and prayers are on the lips and hearts of millions of brothers and sisters in Christ on the same days
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: spirituality
See my review for The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-read
I like all of Phyllis Tickle's divine hours books. They are a great combination of scriptures, hymns, and poems that really have helped my prayer life!
Darlene Hull
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love the rhythm of praying the hours, even though, as a Protestant, it's not really part of my culture. These books make it so easy! I love these books.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-life
I have used The Divine Hours for three years now and find them beneficial for helping to center my prayer times.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the Spring version. With this one, I will have completed my first year of "praying the hours." What a fascinating process.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brian Zahnd has a story about praying the liturgy in the waiting area of a hospital while his grandson goes through a life-threatening procedure. He says the liturgy provided him with a prayer when he didn't know what to pray - a 'bridge over troubled water'.

On the day after Ash Wednesday, day two of praying the daily office, I thought about that story as I tried to find a quiet corner of Waikato Hospital to sit and read the midday prayers while I waited for my mum to come round from a heart byp
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, poetry
The spring time book of prayers.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The practice of keeping the Daily Office fed me for three years. Last year I felt God calling me to daily spiritual practices which stretched me in new ways, so I have the full set from Phyllis Tickle on my shelf for when I feel called back. It is a practice which builds discipline and intimacy through the discipline of setting time apart to spend with God.
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Phyllis Natalie Tickle was an American author and lecturer whose work focuses on spirituality and religion issues. After serving as a teacher, professor, and academic dean, Tickle entered the publishing industry, serving as the founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, before then becoming a popular writer. She is well known as a leading voice in the emergence church movemen ...more

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The Divine Hours (3 books)
  • The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime, Volume 1 of 3
  • The Divine Hours (Volume Two): Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime: A Manual for Prayer

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