IDJC PRAYER Books

The Liturgy of the Hours is the primary inspiration for these prayer books.

 

Daily Gospel Readings for the Liturgical Year
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TWO  WEEKS  ORDINARY

Psalms, Canticles, Sayings of Jesus,

and Readings on the Christian Life

 

is a meditation rendering of Psalms (146 of the 150), Canticles (40), Sayings of Jesus, Scripture Readings on the Christian Life (42), and traditional songs from the public domain (46), arranged for offices of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer. Almost all of the Psalms and Canticles and Readings are placed on the same day of the week as in the four-week traditional cycle of the Liturgy of the Hours. Here the 1st and 3rd weeks of the four-week cycle are in Week I, and the 2nd and 4th weeks of the four-week cylcle are in Week II. Designed by a parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Two Weeks Ordinary can also be used for private prayer and meditation by veterans of the breviary who wish now and then to pray the full Psalter in two weeks. Most of the antiphons are Sayings of Jesus drawn from Sunday Gospel readings: In the Sunday Lectionary, the Old Testament readings have connections with the Gospel reading, and the "responsorial psalm" is a "response" to the Old Testament reading. This means that on any given Sunday there is a relationship between the Gospel reading and the Psalm. The antiphons were chosen based on this relationship.

2017, paperback, 4.37"X7", 579 pages, $21.95

 

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ONE  WEEK  in  ORDINARY  TIME

 

is a meditation rendering of Psalms (146 of the 150), Canticles (40), Sayings of Jesus, Scripture Readings on the Christian Life (42), and traditional songs from the public domain (46), arranged for offices of Readings, Prophets, Morning Prayer, Daytime, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer. Almost all of the Psalms and Canticles and Readings are placed on the same day of the week as in the four-week traditional cycle of the Liturgy of the Hours. Designed by a parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, One Week can also be used for private prayer and meditation by veterans of the breviary who wish now and then to pray the full Psalter in one week. Most of the antiphons are Sayings of Jesus drawn from Sunday Gospel readings: In the Sunday Lectionary, the Old Testament readings have connections with the Gospel reading, and the "responsorial psalm" is a "response" to the Old Testament reading. This means that on any given Sunday there is a relationship between the Gospel reading and the Psalm. The antiphons were chosen based on this relationship.

2016, paperback, 4.37"X7", 451 pages, $17.75

 

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GONE  BEFORE  US
Praying for the Dead 
 
is a meditation rendering of songs, psalms, readings and traditional prayers from the Office of the Dead, for the hours of the morning, at daytime, in the evening, at bedtime, and in the middle of the night. When in grief or when hearing news of the death of a loved one, these sets of prayer can be very consoling. The psalms and canticles are slightly altered from the meditation rendering of the compiler's "One Week in Ordinary Time." Choices made in this meditation rendering are available at idjc.org/hinge-hours/ , except that "The Lord" is used here instead of the Hebrew "Adonai" for the divine name. Gone Before Us is dedicated to Will D, Campbell, the Baptist preacher who helped me to get to know Mr. Jesus, and Edward Alberts, Catholic pastor, vicar of liquor and friend, whose June 2013 deaths finally prompted this long-considered compilation.

2016, paperback, 5"X8", 45 pages, $5.95

 

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Free PDF version for Personal Use Only
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PRAYING  THE  PROPHETS
 
is a Sunday through Saturday prayer book of 29 Canticles and 24 Readings from Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Habakkuk, Hosea, Zechariah, Judith, Tobit, Samuel, Joel, Malachi, Micah, Nehemiah, Sirach, Song of Songs, Wisdom, 1st Chronicles, and Deuteronomy. They are Old Testament canticles and readings used in Ordinary Time in the Liturgy of the Hours, also called Christian Prayer, with extra readings for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Lent. These meditation renderings appeared previously in a slightly different form in One Week in Ordinary Time, Hinge Hours for Advent, Hinge Hours for Christmas, and Hinge Hours for Lent and Easter.

2016, paperback, 4.37"X7", 71 pages, $6.95

 

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A  SIMPLE  FAMILY  BREVIARY

from the Psalms of Saint Francis of Assisi

and the Commons of Mary and the Saints

 

is a modern version of the Little Office of Saint Francis of Assisi by a parish priest trying to help families pray together. Each prayer session includes a traditional song, a psalm of the season, either a psalm of Saint Francis or a psalm from the commons of Mary and the Saints, and closing praises. The order of prayer is easy to follow and offers variety day to day and month to month, and includes a calendar of major feasts of the church year. This simple once-daily prayer is suitable for a family, the classroom, midday at work, and with co-workers. Stephen Joseph Wolf is a parish priest of the diocese of Nashville, and Angie Bosio is Director of Youth Ministry at St. Stephen Catholic Community in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

 

Paperback Edition, 2012, 5"X8", 104 pages, $7.95 

 

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Large Print Hardbound Edition, 2012, 8.5"X11", $18.95
 

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An Easter Season Sample of A Simple Family Breviary (Free)
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     Links to HymnTime.com for Tunes Used in A Simple Family Breviary;

     the link gives you the song for which the tune was first written; click MIDI

     to hear the melody.

     Advent:      Come Thou Long Expected Jesus     STUTTGART

                         O Come, O Come, Emmanueal     VENI EMMANUAL 

     Christmas:  Angels We Have Heard On High     GLORIA

                         O Come All Ye Faithful     ADESTE FIDELES

                         Hark! The Herald Angels Sing     MENDELSSOHN

                         O Sanctissima     O DU FROLICHE

     January:     On Jordan's Bank     WINCHESTER NEW

                         Creator of the Stars of Night     CONDITOR  

     February:   Faith of Our Ancestors     ST. CATHERINE

                         Shepherd of Souls     ST. AGNES

     Lent:           Forty Days and Forty Nights     HEINLEIN

                         When I Survey the Wondrous Cross     SPIRES

     Easter:        We Walk By Faith     ST. AGNES

                         Ye Sons and Daughters     O FILII ET FILIAE

   

A Calendar of Major Saints, Solemnities, Feasts & Memorials
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HINGE  HOURS  for  ORDINARY  TIME

 

is a meditation rendering of Psalms (147), Canticles (41), Sayings of Jesus, Scripture Readings on the Christian Life (56), and traditional songs from the public domain (56), arranged for the two "hinge hours" of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer for the four-week cycle of Ordinary Time. Designed by a parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Hinge Hours For Ordinary Time can also be used for private prayer and meditation by veterans of the breviary. Most of the antiphons are Sayings of Jesus drawn from Sunday Gospel readings: In the Sunday Lectionary, the Old Testament readings have connections with the Gospel reading, and the "responsorial psalm" is a "response" to the Old Testament reading. This means that on any given Sunday there is a relationship between the Gospel reading and the Psalm, and the antiphons were chosen based on this relationship. This work was previously published as Hinge Hours Experiment.

2014, paperback, 5"X8", 521 pages, $19.95

 

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Hinge Hour Four Week Psalter Schedule: Psalms & Canticles
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HINGE  HOURS  for  ADVENT

 

is a meditation rendering of Psalms (147), Canticles (37), and Scripture Readings for the Season of Advent (30), and traditional Advent songs (14), arranged for the two "hinge hours" of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer for complete Advent Season, from the Vigil of the Sunday nearest to November 30 through Morning Prayer on December 24. Designed by a parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Hinge Hours For Advent can also be used for private prayer and meditation by veterans of the breviary. The companion volumes are Hinge Hours for Ordinary Time, for Christmas, and for Lent & Easter.

2014, paperback, 5"X8", 453 pages, $17.95

 

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HINGE  HOURS  for  CHRISTMAS

 

is a meditation rendering of Psalms (63), Canticles (14), Scripture Readings on the Christian Life (40), and traditional songs from the public domain (36), arranged for the two "hinge hours" of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer for the cycle of the Season of Christmas, from Evening Prayer on December 24 through Evening Prayer of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Designed by a parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the Hinge Hours can also be used for private prayer and meditation by veterans of the breviary.

2014, paperback, 5"X8", 271 pages, $12.95

 

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HINGE  HOURS  for  LENT  and  EASTER

 

is a meditation rendering of Psalms (147), Canticles (38), and Scripture Readings for the Seasons of Lent and Easter (50), and traditional songs for Lent and Easter (38), arranged for the two "hinge hours" of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Designed by a parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Hinge Hours for Lent and Easter can also be used for private prayer and meditation by veterans of the breviary. The companion volumes are Hinge Hours for Ordinary Time, for Advent, and for Christmas.

2015, paperback, 5"X8", 523 pages, $19.95

 

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HINGE  HOUR  SINGER

 

is a book of songs that most Catholics know, or want to know, traditional songs designed for use in Morning and Evening Prayer, called the "hinge hours" of the day in the instruction to the Liturgy of the Hours. Stephen Joseph Wolf is a parish priest who has been praying the "hinge hours" at the opening and closing of the day for eighteen years, and wanted a set of songs he knows. The songs of Hinge Hour Singer are marked for the individual singer without accompaniment, and are arranged for the seven days of the week for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, and the four-week cycle of Ordinary Time. After each song are scripture suggestions for prayer in the singer's own Bible, usually 3 psalms, a canticle, and something from a New Testament letter.

2011, paperback, 5"X8", $9.95

  

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Sunday Songbook Sampler
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PSALTER  of  LECTIO

 

is a Revised guide to using your Bible to pray the way a monk might pray outside of the monastery. "Psalter" means the collection of psalms and canticles (poems and songs embedded in scripture) used by the early hermits, a collection developed by St. Benedict and the entire monastic tradition, which is always in a state of reform. "Lectio" is shorthand for "lectio divina," which means literally "sacred reading." Psalter of Lectio allows a pray-er to review the antiphons of all of the psalms and canticles prayed by the Church on a particular day of the week, choose an antiphon that seems to speak to him or her, and then go to the related psalm or canticle to listen to what the Lord might want to say on a particular day. Included are concise and descriptive paragraphs on ways to use the book, the traditional four-step process of lectio divina (read, meditate, dialogue, and being open to contemplation), brief summaries of what some of today's teachers of praying are saying, and an invitation into "lectio continua," or continuous day-to-day reading in prayer of the Bible in its entirety, as one abbot says, "omitting nothing, doing honor to the integrity of revelation." Psalms for Night Prayer are also offered, as are simple charts comparing Psalter of Lectio with the Four-Week Psalter used by most priests and religious, and a chapter-a-day reading plan for praying the entire Catholic Bible over 44 months. Most significant are the three blank lines following each psalm antiphon to allow the pray-er to enter the psalm verses prayed, and so build his or her own Personal Psalter for those times when prayer is difficult. Compiled by a parish priest who loves praying the Psalms and the Gospels, Psalter of Lectio may be the best answer to the oft-repeated question of believers: I want to pray with my Bible; how do I begin?

2009, 2012, paperback, 5"X8", 107 pages, $7.95

 

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Psalter of Lectio Sunday Sampler
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A  JESUS  BREVIARY

 

Jesus is that man who lived in the first third of what we now call the first century, in Nazareth near the Sea of Galilee in what is now called Israel, who we also know as the Son of God, Christ the Anointed One, Savior, Redeemer, Risen Lord, and a host of other names.

A Breviary is a portable prayerbook, usually with psalms, canticles, songs, scripture readings and prayers.

A Jesus Breviary is full of meditation renderings of scripture passages on the love of God; events, miracles, parables, sayings and the paschal mystery of Jesus; the Holy Spirit; and the Christian life.

2015, paperback, 4.4" X 7", eight 31-day sections, 339 pages, $14.95

 

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IN  HEALTH  and  IN  HEALING

 

is a collection of short readings of psalms, canticles, and other sacred scripture, plus songs from the Christian tradition, arranged for mornings and evenings of the seven days of the week. It is rooted in a summer chaplaincy internship at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, during the '96 Olympic games: a Catholic seminarian offering short readings from the Psalter, and watching faithful Baptists, Methodists, Jews and so many others taking in the sacred word with reverence resembling a Catholic receiving holy communion. This experience deepened a future parish priest's appreciation of the sacramentality of the word. These passages gave great consolation then, and are still helpful in pastoral care. On the occasional day of depression, Stephen Joseph Wolf uses this as his breviary.

 

Hardback Gift Edition, 2012, 5" by 8", 47 pages, $15.95

 

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Paperback Editon, 2012, 5" by 8", 47 pages, $6.95

 

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BEST  of  the  PSALTER

 

is a meditation rendering of

40 short Psalm passages, 11 Canticles, and

35 passages from Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

Part I (Jesus, Mary & the Saints), drawn from the Commons of Mary and the Saints, have proven especially helpful for those trying to discern whether they are being called to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

Part II (Work Hours) is inspired by the psalms and readings of the Midday Hours and reflection on years of working as a student, janitor, launderer, clerk, landscaper, accountant, and parish priest.

Part III (In Health & In Healing) has roots in a hospital chaplaincy internship, often offering short readings from the Psalter, and watching faithful Methodists, Baptists, Jews and others taking in the sacred word with a reverence that resembles a Catholic receiving holy communion.

Rev. Steve Wolf has prayed the Psalter for eighteen years from several different translations in his ministry as a parish priest for the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee.

2010, paperback, 5"X8", 105 pages, $8.95

 

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Contents and Sunday Sampler (Free)
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Part III Sample: In Health & In Healing (Free)
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GOSPEL  of  LIFE  PRAYER  CYCLE

 

is a collection of scripture, song, seven excerpts from a Pope's encyclical, and a little pondering of a parish priest, designed to help Peace and Justice groups to pray, study, act and love. The life issues for prayer are arranged monthly, January to December: The Adoption Option, Health Care With Dignity, Nonviolence of Jesus, God's Good Earth, Work That Works, Being Sexual Beings, Freedom of Religion, Food-Clothing-Shelter, Education, Natural Dying, World Peace, and Sabbath Rest. Each set of scripture is arranged for either group or private prayer, using the New Revised Standard Version. Songs are compiled for singers from well-know melodies. The seven excerpts are from Pope John Paul II's encyclical "The Gospel of Life" (1995). The ponderings are based on the premise that everyone is "pro-life" about something, with that as a starting point for all people of faith.

2007, paperback, 5"X8", 12 prayer sessions, 127 pages, $9.95

 

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