That time of year again – if you pray the Liturgy of the Hours, whether out of the 4-volume set or the shorter breviary (entitled Christian Prayer), you may want to take a moment and pick up your guidebooks for 2010.
I know, I know, we who use the books regularly should know how to navigate them without the guidebooks, but after almost 12 years I am still in need of the guides, particularly on special feast days.
I find it’s easier to pick these things up at Aquinas and More than at Amazon. Aquinas seems to have more in stock; they’re easier to find and -blessedly- they also offer the large-print guide books for the large print Breviary.
We pray the hours, in part, to sanctify time. All I know is, when I started praying them, I didn’t need large-print type in my books. Lately, when I am at mass, I am grateful for large type missalettes. Our days and our hours move so swiftly, and suddenly…we are middle aged.
Note: I will -probably annoyingly, to some- run this reminder a few times between now and mid-Advent, because I know it’s important to get your guides. We’re going to need to keep praying!
If you pray the shorter hours so beautifully created by Magnificat Magazine, this is a good time to renew your subscription, so you don’t lapse during the year. Today’s mail just brought the 2009 Advent Companion which looks gorgeous, and includes an analysis of the Triptych of the Ephiphany by Hieronymus Bosch (I love their fine arts analysis!) and scripture readings, psalms, poems, Christmas carols, meditations by John Paul II, St. Thomas Becket, Pope Benedict XVI and some thoughtful-looking essays. I can never say enough about this publication. It is nutritious and often surprising food.
Intrusive FTC disclaimer: These guidebooks I am recommending cost about $2.00 a piece. So if you buy one, I will make somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 cents. Can’t you just picture me rubbing coinage all over my glorious naked body, like the filthy capitalist I am? At a 95% marginal tax rate…well, do the math!