on 17 October 1998
This book is beautifully printed and bound and built to last a lifetime's pilgrimage in the faith: heavy cream paper with full gilt edging, black and red type, leatherette binding, and two ribbon markers, all inside a sturdy matching boxcover.
Its handsome exterior compliments the beauty of its substance--classic prayers that possess noble simplicity and quiet grandeur. Most of the prayers are given in Latin as well as English, and there are also some prayers in Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Compiled for the priests of the North American College in Rome, the prestigious seminary for outstanding American clerics, it is just as valuable for the laity.
Its 400+ pages, fully indexed, hold these Contents:
Liturgical prayers; Prayers in Italian; Prayers in Spanish; Prayers before Mass; Prayers at Holy Communion; Prayers after Mass; The Sacrament of Penance; Morning Prayers; Prayers at Meditation or Study; Evening Prayers; Litanies; Devotional Prayers; Prayes to the Blessed Virgin Mary; Prayers to Saint Joseph; Occasional Prayers; Prayers for Various Persons; Prayers for Various Needs; Prayers of Various Saints; Various Novena Prayers; Selected Chants.
Every classic prayer of English-speaking Catholics is included, but there is a wealth of lesser-known prayers, especially those penned by the saints (both famous and obscure).
In form and content, this is the finest Catholic prayerbook available. In it, the mind of the Church reveals itself fully, while the Church's heart pulses in adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
on 26 July 1999
As a priest recently returned from Rome after two years of graduate study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum), who lived and prayed at the Pontifical North American College Casa Santa Maria, I can recommend no finer book of prayers for priests and lay Catholics.
Prayer is essential in the life of every person. Catholics have read the Scriptures, worshipped God in the sacrifice of the Mass, prayed the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, used the psalms to pray and sing, and have used many other prayer forms for nearly 2000 years. Prayer is essential!
The Manual of Prayers continues this tradition. The need to bring forth from our storehouse the greatest of Catholic treasures combines with the need to compose beautiful prayers suited for today. The depth and scope of its scholarship, its fidelity to the faith, and the beauty of its prayers fill the need today for a prayer book in the Catholic tradition. Beautifully presented, made to last, portable and complete, the Manual of Prayers is one to treasure and use every day of one's life.
on 18 June 1999
My priest introduced me to this prayer book. As a cradle catholic of 40 plus years I am truly blessed to own a copy. It contains basic Catholic prayers, novenas, prayers for various needs and also has the Latin form of prayers. It is beautifully bound in black leather, gilded page edges, 2 ribbon markers, and a handy case to keep it in. It is truly heirloom quality. Will make a great gift for cradle catholics as well as converts. Originally written for the students of the Pontifical North American College. A must have for all Catholics.