Have you ever been frustrated trying to juggle multiple books as you
attempt to have a daily, structured, time of prayer and meditation on
the Word of God? Have you ever wondered why it is that Roman Catholics
and Anglicans have such fine books for daily prayer, called breviaries,
but that Lutherans kind of/sort of do, but don’t—almost, but not quite
there? Have you wondered why most one-volume prayer resources that are now out there are so
complicated, complex and vexing to use, requiring you to turn pages
until you are dizzy? Are you looking for a resource that will allow you
to dwell richly in the Word, and engage in the ancient practice of lectio divina (divine reading)? Have you been looking
for a daily resource for a full, complete life of prayer and meditation
on the Word that reflects the rich heritage of Lutheranism with its
keen focus on Christ and His Gospel? Well, your wait is over.
Announcing the most complete resource for daily prayer ever before
provided in the history of the Lutheran Church, in any language, let
alone English. I present to you:
Treasury of Daily Prayer
Concordia's Treasury of Daily Prayer is a comprehensive
uniquely Lutheran resource for daily devotions, unlike anything else before, or
presently available, bringing together under one cover Scripture
readings, prayers, psalmody, hymnody, and devotional readings from the
church fathers. The chief benefit of this resource is that everything
for daily prayer and meditation on God’s Word will be available in a
single book, with all the "propers" for each day provided together in
the same place in the book.
The heart of Treasury of Daily Prayer is the Daily Lectionary developed for Lutheran Service Book.
Each day’s section will contain: (1) the full text of the two Scripture
readings. Using this plan nearly all of the New Testament, and about a
third of the Old Testament, is read each year. (2) Psalmody and (3)
Hymnody that captures the content, subject or theme of the appointed
readings. (4) A devotional writing from a church father or the Lutheran
Confessions; (5) on the days where a feast, festival, or commemoration
falls, a brief biography of the person (or event) being commemorated
will be included. (6) Finally, a brief prayer will be included that
collects the thoughts and themes that are seen in the day, especially
the New Testament Reading.
Treasury of Daily Prayer is designed to be equally useful for
individuals, families, and small groups with the inclusion of the four
brief orders of Daily Prayer for Families and Individuals. In addition,
for those who choose to use them, the order of Matins, Vespers and
Compline are included in the center of the volume.
In addition to the Daily Readings and Writing and the Orders of Daily
Prayer, the book will contain a section of daily and occasional
prayers, the Litany, the common canticles of the Church, Luther’s Small
Catechism, all 150 Psalms, and several other resources for daily prayer
God willing, this will be published this coming October. We are not
taking orders for it yet, but I thought you would like to hear about
it. I’ll keep you posted.