This complete four volume set of The Liturgy of the Hours was published by Catholic Book Publishing Corporation in 1976. This four volume set includes the Saint Joseph Guide for the Liturgy of the Hours and an outline and format guide to teach the proper way to pray this universal and beloved Church prayer.
The set is available in either black bonded leather, with gold gilded pages (Item #1033343) in imitation leather - red, blue, green, and brown, with colored gilded pages to match the cover (Item# 1033358) or in large print leather - red, blue, green, and brown (Item #1033493). The large print volumes have a 14 point font size (book covers are not available for the large print version).
The Liturgy of the Hours is meant to be a prayer encompassing the entire Body of Christ: clergy, religious and laity. Since ancient times Christians adopted the Jewish custom of setting apart specific times of the day for prayer. Eventually certain times for common prayer were established. Today this custom is called the Liturgy of the Hours, also referred to as the Divine Office or Christian Prayer (shorter form), and is mandatory for clergy and religious, though participation of the laity is highly encouraged. When possible the clergy and laity may join together for prayer especially when Vespers is celebrated on Sundays and solemn feast days. This prayer form focuses on the Psalms and includes Bible readings and spiritual writings from the Church Fathers and other authors. The full Liturgy of the Hours includes prayer seven times a day, but many people focus on the major prayer hours which include morning (Lauds) and evening (Vespers) prayers.
|By:||Lachele (Bakersfield, CA, May 16, 2009)|
|Review:||I'm really enjoying my 4-volume Liturgy of the Hours set...although as a cradle Protestant I am just learning to use them. They are of excellent quality and I look forward to using them for many years.|
|By:||baby beans (Cincinnati, OH, June 9, 2009)|
|Review:||Thinking about praying the Liturgy of the Hours? Do it! Praying with the Church is not only valuable on its own, but adds a new vigor to the spontaneous prayers we say in between...in fact, it makes it easier to pray constantly. For a layperson, it helps to learn with others who know (priests are open to this). The St. Joseph guide is very helpful as well. Go easy on yourself at first with learning the rubrics, etc. But this is well worth the effort. I own no other set to speak of. This is beautiful, and I can put little prayers in multiple places. Yes, I write in my breviary. I find this easier to use than the one volume set ("Christian Prayer"), and the Office of the Readings has been priceless.|
|By:||No nickname (Cleveland, Ohio, January 4, 2010)|
|Review:||For praying the Liturgy of the Hours.|
|By:||Camucha (Chantilly, May 13, 2010)|
|Review:||Best Uses: Daily devotions, Enjoy beauty of poetry, Meditations; Pros: Beautiful, Comprehensive, Easy to follow|
|By:||CD (CHESTERFIELD,MO, May 28, 2011)|
|Review:||EXCELLENT FOR FOCUSING DAILY PRAYER|
|By:||Kathy (Wyoming, May 24, 2011)|
|Review:||A little difficult to understand at first but easy with a little practice. Great addition to daily prayer/meditations. Best Uses: Daily meditations|
|By:||jay why (Gardendale AL, December 13, 2011)|
|Review:||I would recommend these to anyone.|
|By:||s (tylertown, ms, May 14, 2012)|
|Review:||Haven't quite figured out how to use, but seems like fantastic books.|
|By:||Patricia (Ottumwa, IA, May 26, 2012)|
|Review:||The 4-volume Liturgy of the Hours has plenty of readings and commentary on the Holy Scripture.|
|By:||Paul Phelan, CFP (Bridgewater, VA, February 14, 2014)|
|Review:||As a appreciative customer I would simply suggest a way to learn and pray the LOTH. After you purchase your wonderful set, go to Divine Office org Millions of people have come to use this site which offers full text, audio prayed/sung, and multiple download options. Thank you Catholic Company for your dedication, excellent customer service, and fine religious products. Thank you for helping the Body of Christ pray unceasingly the second most important prayer of the Church. Pax et Bonum, Paul CFP|