Praying the Liturgy of the Hours: A Personal Journey (Paperback)
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Father Timothy Gallagher, loved for his popular guides to Ignatian spirituality, shares in this informative, inspiring volume his own experiences and insights into the daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, which he has prayed daily for the last 40 years. All around the world, everyday, for hundreds of years, Catholics pray the psalms, and readings from the bible and from tradition, in a formal way called the Liturgy of the Hours. And like in any meditative practice there are blissful days and others that are just a dry challenge. What does it all mean? Can the Liturgy of the Hours, with its hymns, psalms, readings, and intercessions, become the prayer of every Christian—priest, religious, and layperson? Can it bring new energy into our spiritual lives? Fr. Tim shares his experiences praying the Liturgy of the Hours for the last four decades and invites the reader into the beauty and possibilities of this simple way of praying.
About the Author
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of several books, including Begin Again, The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer, and Meditation and Contemplation. He lives in Boston.
“Father Gallagher has described an unfolding appreciation for the Liturgy of the Hours that names the experience of so many of us who have prayed the Hours for years. The growing number of those who are just beginning to know this prayer of the Church hear in these pages an invitation to be formed daily as prayerful disciples of Jesus Christ. We can all be grateful for this encouragement to reflect more deeply on the gift of the Liturgy of the Hours.” —Archbishop George Lucas, Omaha, Nebraska
“The Liturgy of the Hours is an ‘experience of spiritual growth.’ Father Gallagher demonstrates this reality by providing us with his own experience of appreciating this ‘ancient but ever new’ Prayer of the Church. The reader of this text will be able to resonate with Father Gallagher's own stages and development of prayer. With very practical examples of growth, this book will be of help to all who desire to pray the Liturgy of the Hours with greater devotion and attentiveness. Anyone who desires to sanctify the hours of the day will find great help in this book of prayer and about prayer.” —Rev. Gregory J. Hoppough, CSS, professor of liturgy, Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Massachusetts
“I have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours for over 40 years, and Father Gallagher has helped me find new depths in it, as well as offering paths to other ways of enriching this form of prayer. His sharing of his own journey and challenges in praying the Liturgy of the Hours is encouraging. I also appreciate that he gives witness to the fruitfulness of this ancient prayer of the Church for laypersons.” —Sister Linda Sevcik, SM