Holy Hour Reading Recommendations

Someone asked me if I could recommend a good book for reading during Holy Hour.

Lots of great books, of course, but I am particularly fond of Jesus, Present Before Me: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.

Then again, for Adoration, I like to bring my breviary, mostly, as it is a chance to pray an hour (usually Vespers) before the Blessed Sacrament. I also like old-fashioned prayerbooks like this one. They’re kind of comforting and familiar, even if the language is a little stilted.

And of course, The Imitation of Christ. Again, I like this old version by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood — love the older language and the etchings. When I discovered it at around age 13, it became a fast favorite.

And I have heard this is good, but haven’t used it.

Hope that helps!

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Katherine

    I don’t get adoration. I go in with full on monkey brain, mewling thoughts. I come out peaceful, calm and content. I don’t get it. Like most of life, it turns out I don’t need to “get it”, the having of it is enough.

    How is Kitty? Still in prayer.

    [I like what Sr. Briege McKenna says - Adoration is like sitting in the sun -- you don't feel like anything is happening until later. Thanks for the prayers for Kitty. She is back in the hospital. -admin]

  • Gabriel McAuliffe

    I could not agree more over most of your choices (I haven’t read the others but am willing to check them out).

    My favorite, besides the breviary, is the very same edition of the Imitation of Christ you mention. I used to thumb through my father’s copy all the time (and still do).

    Divine Initmacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdaline is also very good (the 1950s version and the revised four volume version in 1971.

  • Geoffrey

    Baronius Press offers a very handsome edition of The Imitation of Christ translation you mentioned: http://www.baroniuspress.com/book.php?wid=56&bid=12. Something must be said for beautiful books.