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As Morning Breaks and Evening Sets

Liturgical Prayer Services for Ordinary and Extraordinary Events in the Lives of Young People 

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By Laurie Delgatto-Whitten, Tony Alonso and Robert Feduccia

Edited by Virginia Halbur, MA


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Creeds, candles, silence, and ancient spiritual practices are gaining understanding and popularity among young people. Youth are realizing that there are treasures in tradition. As Morning Breaks and Evening Sets is a tool for unearthing, dusting off, and tapping into these treasures.

As Morning Breaks and Evening Sets provides an introduction to the biblical form of prayer known as the Liturgy of the Hours—a rich and time-tested way for Christians to pray with the whole community of faith and out of the source of its hope, the inspired Scriptures. This type of prayer immerses believers in the poetic word of God found in the Psalms, scriptural canticles, and scriptural readings.

As Morning Breaks and Evening Sets contains 15 prayer experiences designed to put the hearts and minds of adolescents in touch with the sacred. This is a book of simple yet profound prayer experiences that speak to the everyday lives of young people. In this book young people experience the venerable practice of using the Scriptures to offer praise, thanksgiving, and intercession.

Product Details

Copyright: Oct. 20, 2004

Format: Paperback

Size: 8.5 x 11

Length: 136 pages

Item number: 3398

ISBN: 978-0-88489-810-8

ISBN-10: 0-88489-810-5

Customer Reviews

By Msgr. Lawrence M. Purcell, STD, pastor, Diocese of San Diego

Standing out in the midst of a wide variety of pastoral resource materials, this volume offers something new and exceptionally practical. As Morning Breaks and Evening Sets will renew faded interest in the Liturgy of the Hours and introduce the lasting value of praying the Scriptures to young people.

By Rev. Kurt Stasiak, OSB, director of spiritual formation, Saint Meinrad School of Theology

As expected in a book with this title, the authors outline the historical development of the Liturgy of the Hours and explain the value of this traditional "Prayer of the Church." Their unique contributions, however, include their many suggestions for the actual planning of and praying the Hours with young people. As Morning Breaks and Evening Sets both addresses the theory and encourages the practice. Along with its numerous recommendations, reminders, and directives, this most practical manual also offers seventeen ready-to-use models of the Hours that address the events and situations young people encounter as they go about their routines—and as they find their routines interrupted by the extraordinary and the unexpected. Directors of youth groups, teachers, pastors—all whose ministry touches the lives of young people—will find As Morning Breaks and Evening Sets a valuable hands-on guide for introducing, promoting, and praying the Liturgy of the Hours with our young generation of Catholics.
Editorial Reviews

Religion Teacher's Journal, March, 2005

This unique, easy-to-use volume introduces teens to the Liturgy of the Hours in a way relevant to their lives. The prayer services center on themes that speak to everyday moments: when hope is needed, times of anger and hurt, in times of newness, and so on. The introduction and appendix offer additional ideas and tools. including the canticles and indexes. An excellent resource.
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