'Fixed-hour prayer (also known as liturgical prayer, the Divine Office, the divine hours, or the Opus Dei
) consists of set prayers at certain times throughout the day. Praying with the Church in this manner establishes a rhythm and a deeper awareness of one's day and the thoughts, struggles, and graces that shape it. Religion professor Scot McKnight has written a primer on why it is both profitable and necessary for Christians of all stripes to join themselves to the Church. Naming himself a low-church Protestant, McKnight does little to hide his tendency toward sola scriptura
and understandably starts with Jesus. Several chapters are devoted to praying with Jesus before McKnight launches into the prayer traditions of the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches. He also includes a chapter on The Divine Hours
, a mostly ecumenical and user-friendly manual of prayer that pulls primarily from The Liturgy of the Hours
and The Book of Common Prayer
. On a less laudatory note, the layout of Praying with the Church
can be distracting. The text is peppered with 'testimonials' and (often marginally relevant) quotes on prayer, which interrupts McKnight's succinct and beneficent prose. This can be forgiven by focusing on McKnight's intent: 'The point is to learn to engage with God-and the point is also learning to engage with God together
An Eighth Day View:
Scot McKnight, best-selling author of "The Jesus Creed," invites readers to get closer to the heart of Jesus' message by discovering the ancient rhythms of daily prayer at the heart of the early church. "This is the old path of praying as Jesus prayed," McKnight explains, "and in that path, we learn to pray along with the entire Church and not just by ourselves as individuals." "Praying with the Church" is written for all Christians who desire to know more about the ancient devotional traditions of the Christian faith, and to become involved in their renaissance today.
With his trademark style of getting right to the heart of theological concepts through practical, witty, and memorable examples from everyday life, Scot invites readers to explore: How Jesus prayed, How the Psalms teach us to pray, How Orthodox Christians pray, How Roman Catholics pray, How Anglicans pray, How The Divine Hours of Phyllis Tickle teaches us to pray, And, how praying with the church is an essential part of spiritual formation.
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