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Prayer Books
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[German Version]

I. General

In general a prayer book is a book for laity intended for private use outside the public liturgy of the church; that is the sense in which it will be used here. Of course private prayer has always been practiced: it is nurtured by the prayer of public worship, which it influences in turn, as in the Early Church where prayers like the Paternoster and Psalms were learned by heart during instruction for baptism. But a distinct mode of prayer that is private and based on a book b…

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Neijenhuis, Jörg and Reif , Stefan C., “Prayer Books”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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