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Shorter Morning and Evening Prayer (Divine Office) [Imitation Leather]

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3 Jan 2006 Divine Office

A shorter version of the Morning and Evening Prayer, in a handy format, suitable for anyone wanting to pray regularly on their own or in a group setting.

Shorter Morning and Evening Prayer is part of the Divine Office range, and is an edited version of Morning and Evening Prayer.

It is designed specifically for people who want to pray alone and are seeking a regular, structured cycle of prayer. Being just the bare bones of the Divine Office, it will not be as daunting for the novice reader to get to grips with. As the user’s prayer life matures, they then have the foundation to allow them to move on to the fuller Divine Office.

It includes the same four-week cycle of the fuller Office with Psalms, Scripture Readings and Intercessions.

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  • Imitation Leather: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Standard Ed edition (3 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007219873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007219872
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
As the other reviewer said this is not a leather or even leatherette bound book and it does have a certain solvent-like smell about it which in my case dimished fairly quickly after unwrapping.

Please do not buy this with the black bound Morning and Evening Prayer as a PERFECT PARTNER(ISBN-10: 0007211333 )thinking that each will be different, they have exactly the same contents.

This little version is ideal for taking on holiday, or keeping in the briefcase, handbag or rucksack for use when commuting too or from work.

To find out which Psalter week you are in you could always buy St. Paul's Liturgical Calendar, though Amazon doesn't seem to have sold these since 2004 (ISBN-10: 0854396772 ).
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best bet for beginners to The Divine Office 27 April 2006
By Lego Man TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book is quite small, about the size of a small diary. It is not leather bound as described, but features a plastic cover, which smells strongly - whether this smell dies away after a while remains to be seen.

The book features two ribbon markers, which I guess is reasonable considering the small size of the book. I used small post-it index tabs to create additional markers.

If you want to get started with The Divine Office, but, like me, are intimidated by both the full office 3-set volume and 'Morning and Evening Prayer', then this book is a more gentle introduction.

However, it still takes a while to master, and there is still quite a bit of page flicking to be done. The Catholic Truth Society produce a fairly good, low cost introductory guide to The Divine Office, which is available from their UK website.

I gave this volume 3 stars as I was disappointed that it wasn't leather bound as it was originally described on Amazon, which would have produced a more attractive book, but it's ok as it is. The product description has been corrected since my original posting of this review.

There is a leather bound version available on Amazon - just enter the following ISBN number in the Amazon search box: 0007219881
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
First of all, (I don't know why Amazon have not cross linked the two editions, but), those wanting the leather bound "gift" edition can find it here - Shorter Morning and Evening Prayer (Divine Office). Although the one, on this present page, is described as paperback it has a vinyl cover, the smell of which should go after a while if not kept wrapped up.

When the first (vinyl covered) edition came out many years ago, this handy little version of the hours was a Godsend, compared to carrying around a larger version of LOTH. I liked it too because, although it missed a lot of the seasonal and sanctoral variable bits, (although this includes basic versions of these), it treated me as adult enough to be able to pray the full Morning, Evening and Night Prayers that clergy and monastics use. It also meant that usually if I visited the cathedral near my work, I had the text in front of me to be able to join in more fully. Even if the prayers were in Latin, it enabled me to follow in English as well.

These years later my original vinyl covered version, has lasted very well indeed, and is still in excellent condition, although I have treated myself to a copy of the new leather covered version which I like very much.

I have found the print consistently sharp, (which is sadly not always the case in some books these days). My only criticism is that the print is all black. If the publishers can see their way clear towards producing in black with red titles and rubrics, in the future, this would be wonderful and make for that little bit more quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Trove 3 Nov 2011
This is one of the most useful little books ever to be produced in my opinion. I have recently moved on to the fuller versions of the Psalters, which flesh out the food of life provided in this book, which I have owned and used for some ten years or so now. In good times and bad it is a companion and friend, the living word of spiritual life, a wellspring of fresh water to quench our spiritual thirst, which thirst we can never with truth deny, and a strength in times of trial and trouble. Even if you have the full versions, which come in three parts, this 4 week psalter is handy to take on trips when space is at a premium. I cannot recommend it highly enough. A work of art, a breath of life, a key to glimpsing the Eternal order of God's Creation and His heavenly Kingdom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very small type size 8 July 2012
By yaya
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I bought this for carrying around with me but I doubt I'll use it. The type size is much smaller than any of the other Collins Office books. It's so small I doubt I could read for more than a minute or two without eyestrain.

I just assumed that it would be the same layout as the Collins Divine office books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for busy people 25 Mar 2012
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Good points:

* It's small enough to slip into the jacket pocket. If you are short on time it's always there so that you can say the morning and evening Office at a lunch break, in a taxi, on the Tube, etc.
* It contains all the elements to keep you in touch with the basic form of Office - a four week cycle of Psalter readings, scripture and prayers with simple easily understood seasonal variations and night prayer.

Bad points:
* It only has two ribbons and needs three of four. However if you need to use the book efficiently you have to make up bookmarks with passages on them (Benedictus, Magnificat, etc.). In my copy these render the ribbons redundant.
* The detail takes a while to master, but its the Office and its worth the time spent doing this.

I have read the complaints about the plastic cover and cheap production. The 'leather' covered version is presumably now out of print and may or may not come back into print. If it does I will probably buy it. Meanwhile however I don't mind the plastic. A book that sits in your pocket for large periods of time and is read on the move is going to come in for a fair bit of wear and tare. The plastic covered edition is nothing if not sturdy and this is about saying the Office, not quality of book production.
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