RAINBOW  PRAYER  Books

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

Four books here (RAINBOW  PSALMS  in  30  Days,  the abridged  RAINBOW  PRAYERDAWN  &  DUSK  RAINBOW  for  ORDINARY  TIME,  &  DAWN  &  DUSK  RAINBOW  PRAYER) were compiled especially with Catholics who are LGBTQ+ in mind.

RAINBOW  PSALMS  in  30  DAYS

with  CANTICLES 

&  SAYINGS  of  JESUS

 

Meet Jesus in the Psalms.
How did the Psalms become the Christian prayerbook? When the Edict of Toleration (313 AD) diminished for a while the general risk of being a martyr, some sought to pattern their lives after Jesus' 40 days of desert temptation, going to caves in Egypt and Syria. As the Gospels show Jesus' intimate familiarity with the Psalms, some prayed all 150 every day. People followed holy men and women doing this, and communities of monks and nuns slowly developed until Saint Benedict (d. 547 AD) in his monastic Rule arranged the Psalms into days of the week, which is still the traditional way monks and nuns pray them in a two or four week repeating cycle.
     Here is a simpler monthly version of that with 146 of the 150 Psalms, 36 Canticles, and many Sayings of Jesus arranged for morning and evening in a 30 day repeating cycle following the ecumenical Book of Common Prayer.

     See the descriptions for the Dawn & Dusk editions for the choices made in this meditation rendering.

ISBN  978-1-937081-79-9

2023, paperback, 4.37"X7", 381 pages, $19.95

 

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RAINBOW  PRAYER

 

is an abridged version of the Dawn & Dusk meditation renderings, with 39 of the 150 Psalms, 11 Canticles, 35 Scripture Readings on the Christian Life, and the 15 Psalms of Francis of Assisi.

 

(Warning: If you have a very strong preference for the traditional masculine imagery for God, you will not like this meditation rendering.)

 

     Part A, drawn from the Commons of Mary, Apostles, Martyrs, Pastors & Doctors, and Holy Women & Men, has proven especially helpful for those trying to discern whether they are being called to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

     Part B (Midday 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 C (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.

     Part D (Psalms of Francis of Assisi) is 15 sets of fragments of psalms and other scripture collected for Franciscan mendicant beggars, a small prayerbook arranged for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent (and Ordinary Time) and Easter.

    The previous edition of this book was Best of the Psalter.

ISBN  978-1-937081-73-7

2023, paperback, 4.37"X7", 175 pages, $14.95

 

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DAWN  &  DUSK

RAINBOW  for  ORDINARY  TIME

 

Traditional Order of Hymns, Psalms,

Canticles, Sayings of Jesus,

and Readings on the Christian Life

 

is a meditation rendering of Psalms (146 of the 150), Canticles (36), many Sayings of Jesus, Scripture Readings on the Christian Life (28), and traditional songs from the public domain (47), arranged for dawn and dusk (morning and evening) in a two week repeating cycle. 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, weeks 1 and 3 in the first week, and weeks 2 and 4 in the second week.

     (Warning: If you have a very strong preference for the traditional masculine imagery for God, you will not like this meditation rendering.)

     Designed by a former parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Dawn & Dusk Rainbow for Ordinary Time 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.

ISBN  978-1-937081-72-0

2023, paperback, 4.37"X7", 523 pages, $25.95

 

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DAWN  &  DUSK  RAINBOW  PRAYER

Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter,

& Ordinary Time

 

Traditional Order of Hymns, Psalms,

Canticles, Sayings of Jesus,

and Readings on the Christian Life

 

is a meditation rendering of 147 of the 150 Psalms, 39 Canticles, many Sayings of Jesus, 111 Scripture Readings on the Christian Life, and 127 traditional songs from the public domain, arranged for dawn and dusk (morning and evening) in a two week repeating cycle. 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, weeks 1 and 3 in the first week, and weeks 2 and 4 in the second week.

     (Warning: If you have a very strong preference for the traditional masculine imagery for God, you will not like this meditation rendering.)

     Designed by a former parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Dawn & Dusk Rainbow Prayer 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.

ISBN  978-1-937081-74-4

2023, paperback, 4.37"X7", 775 pages, $33.95

 

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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.

ISBN  978-1-937081-40-9

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

 

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                                                         Available as an E-Book for $2.99

 

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FREE Daily Gospel Readings for the Liturgical Year
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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 an approachable version of the Little Office of Saint Francis of Assisi by a former 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 a consistent 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 retired, a former parish priest and spiritual director, and Angie Bosio is Director of Youth Ministry at St. Stephen Catholic Community in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

 

Paperback Edition

ISBN  978-1-937081-02-7

2012, 5"X8", 104 pages, $7.95 

 

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Large Print Hardbound Edition
ISBN  978-1-937081-09-6
2012, 8.5"X11", $18.95
 

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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

   

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.
ISBN  978-1-937081-51-5

2016, 2023, paperback, 5"X8", 45 pages, $8.95

 

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DRAWING  ON  THE  LIFE  OF  OUR  LORD

 

     Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord for his young children in the 1840’s. His family published it in 1934. It is one of several little books I like to read during long walks.

     Some years ago I made a rough outline of it for retreats and such until one Monk Monday was spent with that outline and a brush and some black ink. These ink brush drawings are from that day, with apologies to real artists everywhere.

     Some of the drawings appeared in a meditation rendering called A Jesus Breviary, but I have often wanted to put them with the outline of Dickens’ great little book for his children. Crayons are allowed.     - Steve Wolf     Christmas 2018

     The outline is listed on the back cover:

Birth, Shepherds, Wise Men, Escape, The Innocents, Twelve Years Old, Baptism, Wilderness, Marriage Feast, The Twelve, Fish, Teaching, Healings, Pharisees, Son of a Widow, Asleep in a Boat, Calming of Storm, Casting Out Spirits, Beheading, Tears and Hair, Pool of Bethesda, Five Loaves and Two Fish, Walking on Water, Miracles, Sending of Disciples, Death Prediction, Transfiguration, Forgiveness, Generous Master, Unforgiving Servant, A Woman Accused, Compassionate Samaritan, Excuses of Those Invited, Zacchaeus, Prodigal Son, Rich Man and Beggar Lazarus, Proud and Humble Men, Tribute to Caesar, Widow with Two Mites, Lazarus of Bethany, Mary of Bethany, Entering On an Ass, Casting Out Tables, More Blind and Lame, Washing Feet, One Betrayer, Thirty Pieces of Silver, The Last Supper, Three Times, Gethsemane, Judas' Kiss, Peter's Denial, Scribes and Priests, Judas' Life, Pontius Pilate, Beaten Mocked Crowned with Thorns, Behold the Man, Crucify Him, Washes Hands, Nailed Alive, Clothing, People Passing, John the Beloved, Four Women, Mary, Deep Terrible Darkness, Vinegar, It Is Finished, Wrapped and Buried, Mary Magdalene, Stone Rolled Away, John and Peter at the Empty Tomb, Stranger Walking to Emmaus, Shows his Hands and Feet...

ISBN  978-1-937081-66-9

2018, paperback, 4"X6", 72 pages, $8.95

 

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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.

ISBN  978-1-937081-31-7

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

 

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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 former 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?

ISBN  978-1-937081-01-0

2009, 2012, 2023, paperback, 5"X8", 107 pages, $7.95

 

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Psalter of Lectio Sunday Sampler
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