For over a thousand years, Benedictine monks around the world have followed the daily pattern of morning, noon, and evening prayer known as the Liturgy of the Hours, or the Divine Office.
Gathered from the Benedictine tradition, the prayers included in this book grew up around the celebration of the Divine Office—embellishing it, illuminating it, and echoing it for generations of the faithful. The Saint Benedict Prayer Book also reclaims little-known prayers (Little Offices, Commemorations, and Litanies) from long ago. For anyone seeking a way of prayer rooted in ancient wisdom, this little book offers a sure path.
About the Author
Jacob Riyeff is a Benedictine oblate, translator, teacher, and poet. His books include his translations and editions of Benedictine works from the early medieval through the modern periods, as well as his own poetry collection, Sunk in Your Shipwreck. Jacob lives on Milwaukee's Lower East Side with his wife and three children.
“This book offers a welcome collection of prayers and devotions. There are texts here for everyone. I sincerely hope this book will find a home in many libraries and collections of people of faith.” —Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan, OSB, Badia Primaziale Sant’Anselmo, Rome
“Riyeff offers today’s reader a way to be acquainted and united with Benedictine devotional prayer across the centuries.” —Sr. Judith Sutera, OSB, Mount Saint Scholastica; editor of Magistra
“This collection of Little Hours, Commemorations, and Litanies allows the modern pray-er to join their voice to Benedictine monks and nuns who have come before and to enter into the historical Benedictine liturgical cycle of prayer. A much-needed book!” —Rev. Greg Peters, PhD, SMD, author of The Monkhood of All Believers