I have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours for years. When I joined the Franciscans in 1966, the Divine Office was all in Latin. We novices struggled to pronounce the Latin words, much less pray them. Switching to English was long overdue. Now we have a great explanation of the development of this official prayer of the Roman Catholic Church.
The new Servant book The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours is a delight. It covers the questions most people face when they first attempt to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.
Written by Daria Sockey, an experienced author who writes for a number of Catholic publications, this book is unique—the first of its kind.
Daria Sockey sorts through the “confusion of ribbons” that is so intimidating to those who attempt to use books for praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Every year I see the confusion when young men first enter our community as candidates of the Franciscans. I also observe it in the men and women who join with our community in one or more of the “hours” of the Church’s official prayer.
Daria Sockey explains each hour, as well as the Church’s whole liturgical year.
This book is marked by clear writing and adequate information to help laypeople benefit from praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
Religious communities will find this book helpful for leading candidates into praying with the Church. I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in praying the official prayer of the Church.