Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life takes the reader and the worshiper on an excursion into an ancient practice. While providing a sense of the monastic life from which it is drawn, the book also provides the opportunity for individuals or groups of people to enter into the Opus Dei, the work of God: a life of prayer to which monastics have been devoted since the third century. With illustrations by artist Denise Louise Klitsie and poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Martina Nagel), Lauralee Farrer and Clayton Schmit have provided a resource that allows believers to engage in a twenty-four hour pilgrimage of prayer, joining those whose life's work is to pray without ceasing.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Beautifully constructed and equally well suited for use by either first-time or long-time practitioners of fixed-hour prayer, Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life is rich in details, offering brief, informing commentary on the history of the divine hours and speaking with candor about both the how-to and the why-to of the discipline. Those of us who have learned over the years to appreciate the power of fixed-hour prayer in shaping our Christian life will all rejoice in the arrival of this newest manual and breviary." - PHYLLIS TICKLE compiler, The Divine Hours
"If you wonder where the attraction lies in recovering these dusty practices, you would do well to read this beautiful book carefully. More importantly you should take the time to join these ancient voices in prayer. I guarantee doing so will challenge and enrich your faith-and your practice of prayer. It has certainly done this for my students-and their teacher!" - WILLIAM DYRNESS author of Primer on Christian Worship and Senses of the Soul: Art and the Visual in Christian Worship
Lauralee Farrer Clayton J. Schmit Denise Klitsie Martina Nagel
Lauralee Farrer is an award-winning filmmaker and the president of Burning Heart Productions. She has been writing, producing, and directing professionally for over thirty years, and often lectures on issues of faith and art. She is the editor of Theology, News & Notes from Fuller Theological Seminary-a graduate institution for the study of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies.
Clayton J. Schmit is the Arthur DeKruyter/Christ Church Oak Brook Professor of Preaching and the academic director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary. An accomplished choral music director and composer, his scholarly areas of expertise include homiletics, aesthetics of preaching and liturgy, and composing, conducting, and performing liturgical music.
Denise Louise Klitsie is a painter and illustrator who graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1989. She spent seven years with Walt Disney Feature Animation as a layout artist, art-directed the independent feature The Best Man in Grass Creek (1999), and was a cinematographer on the documentary film The Fair Trade.
Martina Nagel is a cinematographer and screenwriter, with her master's degree from the Free University of Berlin in Germany. She worked for twelve years on documentaries by the BBC, designed and ran script clinics with Spark Productions in London, and is a published writer and lecturer.