Book Review: Ancient Christian Devotional

Here is a great way to prepare for the readings at Mass or church services during this Church liturgical year C and for 2009-10’s calendar. This  Ancient Christian Devotional:  a year of weekly readings, lectionary cycle C (Ed. Cindy Crosby, InterVarsity Press.  296 pages, Paperback.  ISBN 978-0-8308-3528-7, $18.00.) can be used by all members of Churches that use the Common lectionary (Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, etc) to prepare for the up coming Sunday readings on their own or to use it to reflect, pray, and/or discuss with a group.  This book can also be ecumenically since more than one communion uses the Common Lectionary.

In the front, the editor, Cindy Crosby, provides a method to use this book.  It provides the Scripture reading’s citations for the Sundays of Year C, a theme, opening prayer, short reflections from various Church Fathers for each Scripture readings, and a closing prayer.

There is a bibliography, short biographies of the Church Fathers used in this book, an index of names and sources and a scripture index.  This book can be helpful to those who prepare sermons or homilies.  Cindy Crosby edited Ancient Christian Devotional for year A with Thomas Oden the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.  This book is highly recommended!


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