Prayers for the Domestic Church

A Handbook for Worship in the Home

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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First published in 1979, this groundbreaking and bestselling book established Edward Hays as a pioneering spiritual writer and teacher. This new edition with a new preface by the author celebrates the “domestic church”—a family worshiping together at home—with a collection of prayers and blessings that remain as fresh and creative today as they were over twenty-five years ago. With blessings for birthdays, family members, the home, pets, and more, this book makes it easy and fun to gather in prayer as a family. This book is an ideal gift for weddings, baptisms, the birth of a child, special family milestones, and sacred moments.

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Pages: 288

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9780939516797

Imprint: Forest of Peace

  • “All life is holy.”

    “Although we have never met, Edward Hays has been my teacher for more than twenty years. With his help, I now pray as easily at the planting of a garden or the burial of a pet as I do at the blessing of a marriage or the baptism of a child. Best of all, his gifts are infectious. Those moved by the beauty of his language and the reach of his imagination will soon find their own capacities enriched.

    Barbara Brown Taylor
    Author of Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

  • “Creative, refreshing.”

    “The writings of Ed Hays have had a definite impact on my spiritual journey. His creative, refreshing style is always joined with depth and wisdom. Ed Hays' books have helped me find innovative ways to pray holistically and to live in a meaningful, joy-filled manner.”

    Joyce Rupp
    Author of Open the Door

  • “Depth and breadth.”

    “There are few people who consistently give us both depth and breadth—while never closing that clever and humorous edge—as Ed Hays. If a holy man is one who does not take himself too seriously, then Ed is such a man. Fortunately, he always takes God and his readers very seriously!”

    Richard Rohr, O.F.M.

  • “In the vanguard of spiritual writers.”

    Fr. Ed Hays is in the vanguard of spiritual writers who remind us over and over that God is in our lives, in the midst of our messy world, that Christianity is about incarnation. The task of twenty-first century saints, Ed Hays reminds us, will be to find God in the ten thousand things of the here and now.

    Rich Heffern
    National Catholic Reporter

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