Wednesday, July 25, 2012

100,000th Pageview Giveaway! +Welcome+Q&A


Night Prayerbook



Welcome, new blog followers "Encourager", Timothy, and Terri. And welcome  to all those I don't have names for who susbscribed this week on Google Reader and other readers.

Maybe 100,000 pageviews in the eighteen month life of this blog is pathetic, maybe not. But it' a significant number to me. Thank you, everyone, for your interest in the Liturgy of the Hours.

To celebrate this numerologically significant milestone, we're going to have a Giveaway.  Thanks to the kindness of the St. Thomas More House of Prayer in Cranberry, PA, I have three copies of a beautiful and easy to use Night Prayerbook-Compline. This is a workbook sized book with everything needed for  each night's compline on a two page spread. It has lovely margin decorations, reminiscent of illuminated manusripts, on the edges of each page, color coded for the liturgical season.

Why the liturgical color coding? Because even though Night Prayer repeats each seven days during ordinary time, there are a few variations for the Easter Triduum, its octave, the Easter Season, and the eve of solemnities. So nothing is left to guesswork here for the beginner.

The Night Prayerbook is an ideal way to introduce newcomers to the Liturgy of the Hours, or to get a spouse, friend, or family member to start praying with you.  For anyone using this book by themselves, there is a beautifully clear beginner's tutorial that answers every question about the prayers and rubrics of Night Prayer. 


How to win one of these beauties? Just enter a comment below. IMPORTANT: If you are signed on as Anonymous, please leave some sort of name or distinguishing remark so that you will stand out from all the anonymous "Enter me" messages. 


ALSO: if you are not a regular follower of this blog, and there is no way for me to click on your name and actually contact you if you win, then consider subscribing to this blog, at least for a while, so that you will receive the post announcing the winners next week. 


Will my fellow bloggers, especially those involved in third orders, please let their own readers know about this contest? Thanks. 

One more note: the St. Thomas More House of Prayer, which donated these books, is a lovely, lay-run retreat house whose mission is identical to that of this blog: to spread awareness and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours. If your travels ever take you across route 80 in northwest Pennsylvania, this beautiful place is worth a side trip.

Still one more note: You may also use this post for the regular weekly Q&A. Just include whether or not you want to be included in the drawing for the Night Prayerbook.

34 comments:

  1. Being the first comment for a contest is usually the kiss of death but hey, someone's got to be first! I love your blog, it always makes me smile when I look at my blog list and there it is!
    Thanks for the chance to win, this looks quite interesting and I'd love to have one. :)

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  2. This sounds great -- thank you for the chance to win!

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  3. Great article. Love praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

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  4. It sounds wonderful! Count me in. Thanks!

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  5. Oh, please! Maybe I'd pray night prayer more often if I had a nice-sized book to slide under my pillow.

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  6. This looks great! I've not been keeping up with all the readings this summer.. but I'm trying to get back into it again. Last night I read some of the readings out loud while my 3 yeard old played.. I loved that. :)

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  7. Please count me in for the drawing.
    I must tell you that you helpful instructions to saying the hours was a delightful treat, the blog has just been more encouragement. Thank you.

    And no, 100,000 views is NOT pathetic. It is encouraging, that many more have found your site to be helpful and contemplative as well!

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  8. This book looks so beautiful and it would save remembering to bring mine up and down the stairs : )

    Thanks for this giveaway. God Bless.

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  9. Congratulations on the page view milestone!!! That is so wonderful.
    And thank you for this nice giveaway - it looks like a wonderful prayer resource,
    I love Compline.

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  10. I am in the mix...looks like a wonderful book. Good luck to us all!

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  11. What a great offer! Thanks!

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  12. Beautiful book! I'd love a copy!

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    1. Just did the drawing. You are a winner. Please send me contact info so that I can mail your prize!

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  13. Yay, a new blog to follow. Sign me up!

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  14. Thank you for the offer. I would really like this to help me pray the Liturgy of the Hours. I suscribed a few months back to learn how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and am still getting the hang of it. This would be a great help. thank you!

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  15. Oh, I'd love to use this book in our evening prayers!

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  16. This wd be the answer to my prayers :)

    Katherine

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  17. I'd love to see your new book, it looks lovely!!

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    1. Meredith,
      You are a winner! Send me you address. You may send it to thesockeys"AT"gmail"dot" com

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  18. Just found this blog - love it! Would love the book!

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  19. Looks like a great addition to my 4-volume set of LOTH.

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  20. I've been eying that book for a long time now, trying to justify the expense of buying it. It keeps going into my Amazon shopping cart and then coming out again. I don't need it.... I just think it's really pretty and would make a nice introduction to teaching my kids to pray Night Prayer. Well, I guess if I win it then I don't have to debate with myself any longer.

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    1. It's you lucky day, Melanie. I actually received a few extra copies, so was able to choose not three, but five winners, and you were #5. send me your address.

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  21. This looks really neat - came her from Karen E's blog. Please enter me int!

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  22. Ok- I'd love this. Melanie B. and I have deen doing the same thing re:Amazon cart! Ha!

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  23. I'd love to be a winner of one of these books. Theresa W

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  24. I would love to have these books. I am looking for something like this to deepen my spirituality.

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  25. A beautiful book like that would probably cure me of my e-prayer addiction ;)

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  26. So glad I found your blog! Would love to win the book!

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  27. Hi Daria, I was hoping to be mentioned as a new follower but I guess there was issues. I am Encourager aka Sylvia Murdolo. I am a Candidate to the Secular Franciscan Order. Anyway, yes put me into the lottery. Love to get such a handy book for Night prayer. Love your blog and learning a lot about LOTH! Thanks.

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    1. I'm confused. I did mention you in the very first sentence above. Although I called you Encourager, not Sylvia. But welcome again. One of these days I want to devote a post specifically to listing all the third order people who follow this blog. I believe Franciscans lead the way, although we have a Carmelite or two as well.

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  28. Hi Daria,
    I read your blog but not as frequently as I would like. Hope I'm not too late to enter the drawing. I too live in western PA - Grove City - and my husband's family is in the Franklin/Cranberry area. The prayer book looks lovely! Thank you and thank you to St. Thomas Moore House of Prayer! Laura

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  29. Hi Laura,
    I'm afraid you missed this one. But next time you come to Cranberry, visit the House of Prayer and see if you can get one there. I'll bet you get a good discount.

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