The other day a pastor asked me an interesting question, a natural one. "Paul, why should I buy the Treasury of Daily Prayer if I already own the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau's resource For All the Saints?" Good question!
We have prepared this comparison of the two resources that serves to highlight the similarities and differences. Simply put, Treasury offers far more depth and breadth of resources, hands-down, in a single volume, that is far less expensive than the four volumes of the ALPB resource. Now, am I saying the ALPB resource is "bad"? No, I'm not saying that. I will say, unequivocally, that the Treasury is far better. But, you be the judge. And as you review this comparison, you will gain an even greater appreciation for the scope of the Treasury.
Resources specific to the Day
For All the Saints: Daily Prayers and Readings: this includes an opening and closing prayer, Old Testament Reading (I), New Testament Reading (II and Gospel Reading (III)—the readings appointed by the LBW Daily Lectionary which is now discontinued, and a writing from a church father (IV). Each of these are fully printed out.
Treasury of Daily Prayer: Propers for Daily Prayer-this includes a Psalmody, 5-9 verses printed out with pointing for chanting; additional one or two Psalms suggested for use; Old Testament reading; New Testament reading—the readings follow the Lutheran Service Book Daily Lectionary; a Writing from a church father; Hymnody with the text of one or two stanzas printed out, a Collect, when a festival or commemoration falls on the day, and a biography or description; a suggested reading from the Book of Concord.
For All the Saints features the following orders for daily prayer: Morning Prayer/Matins, Evening Prayer/Vesper, Prayer at the Close of the Day/Compline. These are text only, and no longer have continuity with the orders used in any widely used hymnal.
Treasury of Daily Prayer: The following services are printed with their full musical setting just as they are found in Lutheran Service Book: Matins, Vespers, Compline, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, The four brief orders of Daily Prayer for Individuals and Families, Responsive Prayer 1 and Responsive Prayer 2 (Sufferages), The (Great) Litany. Also, a full set of seasonal Invitatories, Antiphons, and Responsories for use with Matins and Vespers, the breadth of which we have not seen in a hymnal anywhere.
Both books contain the complete 150 psalms of the Psalter. For All the Saints’ presentation follows the LBW model and provides psalm prayers paired with the text of the psalm. The text is not fully pointed for chanting. The Treasury of Daily Prayer provides psalms that are fully pointed and therefore easily chanted as well as spoken.
For All the Saints provides a selection of additional prayers for various occasions (11 prayers in volume II). Treasury of Daily Prayer offers a selection of Prayers, Intercessions, and Thanksgiving that features a set of prayers for each day of the week, the text of the (Great) Litany, and a collection of Prayers for the Baptismal life (55 prayers).
For All the Saints: none that we can see.
Treasury of Daily Prayer: Materials that present, support, and further the use of the Christian Church Year; Encouragement to Pray; presentation of the Daily Office in both its historical background and as an accessible practice today; Ember Days; Luther’s Small Catechism; Preparation for Confession and Absolution, including personal examination and the order of Individual Confession and Absolution from LSB; and Preparation for the Sacrament of the Altar featuring Christian Questions with Their Answers; and finally, a quick start guide called How to Use, that makes the resources of the Treasury immediately available to the user for at least one ordered devotion a day.