Life is a Prayer
Millions of Christians -- laity as well as the vowed and religious -- pray the Hours in one form or another. This may be a private practice but is not individualized. To keep the Hours is to enter with one’s fellows into that which has been, which is, and which evermore shall be.
Making Holy Hours, Wholly Ours
If you think it must be a challenge for Phyllis Tickle to pray the hours amid the demands of business and family, and the clamor of modern life, consider the plight of 11th-century monks. Before they could practice, they required a tall stack of books — a Psalter, a lectionary, a Bible, a hymnal, and so on. Religious communities solved the problem by creating breviaries, manuals of prayer with all the necessary verses.
Now, Tickle has done the same for modern seekers by compiling a contemporary Book of Hours from the classic texts. The Divine Hours; Prayers for Summertime (Doubleday, February 2000) is the first of three volumes designed as guides for those who wish to incorporate this profound spiritual practice into their daily lives. Besides recommending the book, which is beautifully constructed and as concise and helpful as it can be, we asked Phyllis Tickle what advice, after thirty years of experience, she might have for those who are at the beginning of the journey. — Editors