Beautiful Mercy | A Book of Hours


n the medieval church a Book of Hours was a daily prayer book designed for use by those who lived their faith outside of the walls of the monastery. Beautiful Mercy, the saint benedict’s table Book of Hours, is a project that reimagines this tradition, grafting ancient forms and prayers to modern means of communication. This stunning ancient-future project includes:

  • Original prayers
  • poetry
  • reflective prose
  • lyrics
  • original artwork and drawings
  • photographs
  • original recordings

Beautiful Mercy | A Book of Hours is shaped around the seven seasons of the church year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time) and the seven hours or times of prayer (Vigils, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline) observed in the monastic tradition. In total there are 49 sections that offer timeless reflection and entry points to the book during any season of the year. While the book is a good devotional resource it also stands on its own as a thing of beauty and as a celebration of artists and writers in our community.

Beautiful Mercy | A Book of Hours is centred within a new burst of creativity at SBT and carries on our mission of telling ancient truth in contemporary ways.

Selected book details:

  • hardcover
  • 9” x 9”
  • illustrated
  • full colour
  • 160 pages
  • audio CD with original music
  • contributions from almost 50 SBT people + production help from many more
  • hand-crafted drop caps

Hear clips from the music on the professionally-produced CD that comes with each book.

Meet the people who made the book.

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