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Divine Office for Dodos

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The Divine Office for Dodos is a step by step instruction guide to praying the Liturgy of the Hours. It includes practice sessions and is suitable for use with both the one and four volume breviary. If you want to learn how to pray the Divine Office using a breviary or Liturgy of the Hours, including Christian Prayer, then choose The Divine Office for Dodos. An easy and thorough way to learn how to pray the Divine Office using a breviary, right from your own home!
Additional Divine Office and Liturgy of the Hours materials are available on this link.


By Madeline Pecora Nugent. Self-help instruction manual on how to pray the Divine Office. Uses a set of bookmarks and ribbons to guide the learner in praying the Office. The Divine Office for Dodos is an optional text for First Year Novice Formation in the Confraternity of Penitents.

DODOS BOOKMARK AND RIBBON SET: The Divine Office for Dodos provides instruction using bookmarks and ribbons. Instructions on how to construct these are in the book. However, many people wish to have a pre-made set. Therefore, the Confraternity of Penitents has made available a sturdy, flexible plastic, pre-printed bookmark and eight differently colored ribbon set to accompany The Divine Office for Dodos (optional).


Read part of the Introduction to The Divine Office for Dodos:

Hi! Let's start with a secret.

You're not a dodo! Not only do you not have a hooked beak and fluffy gray feathers, you're even pretty smart! . I mean, you know how to tie your shoe laces, brush your teeth, and set an alarm clock, don't you?

But, seriously, you really do know a good deal about many things, but the Divine Office isn't one of them. Regarding the Divine Office, you might be a bit confused. Maybe more than a bit. Probably also frustrated. And maybe a little angry. You want to become a holier person. Someone told you that praying the Divine Office would be a nudge in that direction. Maybe they even tried to help you. Maybe they gave you some instructions to read. But you can't understand what to do! So you feel like a dodo.

Here's another secret.

You aren't alone!

Most folks who try to pray the Divine Office experience just what you are experiencing. Confusion. Frustration. Anger.
There's hope in these pages. You really are going to learn to pray the Divine Office. Honest! Then you'll join the ranks of other clergy, religious, and laity, some of whom are non-Catholic, who pray the Divine Office every day.

Maybe you already know that the Divine Office is the official, formal prayer of the Church that was written to pray throughout the day. When you pray the Divine Office, your prayers are united with those who are praying the very same prayers around the world. Great graces come from such communal prayers. Maybe you knew that, too, but isn't that something!

You might be wondering about me. How did I learn to pray the Divine Office? Well, I cheated. I had help you probably don't have. In order to prepare to write a book about St. Clare of Assisi, I stayed for a week with a convent of Poor Clares. One of the sweet sisters was assigned to me to help me with the Divine Office. She very patiently took this dodo under her wing and showed me each office (and the sisters prayed all seven offices in the Divine Office) and how to pray it and where to find it. By the time the week was up, I had practiced fifty offices and knew what I was doing. If you can find a convent of Poor Clares to stay with for a week, then you won't need this book. But, if you can't, then Divine Office for Dodos* is your next best bet.

Praying the Divine Office as Part of a Rule of Life

So who prays the Divine Office? Clergy and religious do. So do lay people who belong to certain Third Orders and Associations. So do other lay people who just want to pray this prayer of the Church daily. Doesn't matter which category you fall into. This book will help you.

The Divine Office for Dodos is used in First Year Novice Formation in the Confraternity of Penitents as an Optional Text.

Section One: Getting Familiar with the Breviary
Section Two: General Instructions
Section Three: Praying Night Prayer
Section Four: Praying Morning and Evening Prayer on Week-Days during Ordinary Time
Section Five: Praying Morning and Evening Prayer on Saturdays and Sundays during Ordinary Time
Section Six: Praying Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer throughout the Seasons of the Church Year
Section Seven: Praying Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer during Advent/Christmas
Section Eight: Praying Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer during Lent/Easter
Section Nine: Propers and Commons
Section Ten: Praying Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer on Solemnities and Feasts
Section Eleven: Praying Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer on Memorials
Section Twelve: The Minor Offices
Section Thirteen: Options (Includes praying the Office when clergy are present and combing the Office with Mass)

We receive many comments on the Divine Office for Dodos. Here are some.

I am a Benedictine Oblate who has been praying the Divine Office for about 10 years.  I recently bought your book, "Divine Office for Dodos", and am LOVING it!!!   I am learning ways which I have incorrectly prayed the Office (though I suspect God forgave me  :-)) -- Renee Zakia, NC

“Your book is great!” – Mary McCurry, Pacifica, CA

"There simply isn't anything else that has helped me as much as this book! I pray the Office every day (Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer), and now my husband and seven-year-old son are learning to pray it, too!" -- Holly Bodoh, Milwaukee, WI.

“Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.”  – Walter Bobola, Acushnet, MA

“Thanks for this wonderful book. It is helping me immensely.” – Scott Guild, West Palm Bean, FL

“Thank you. I ordered two more copies of the book today!” – Ralph Quane, Ferndale, MI

“Thank you for such a clever book.” – Carolyn Simonds, Simi Valley, CA

“I’m Lutheran, but have been doing a modified Liturgy of the Hours for years. This book is helping me to expand and understand more.” – Karen Whitley, Ocean Springs, MS

“Thank you for the beautiful book. I have learned so much. God bless you.” – Lynn Hudak, Sumter, SC

“I have just purchased a copy of your book, which I am very happy with. My future wife and I are very keen to learn how to pray the Divine Office together.” – James Cullen, Fintona, Northern Ireland

“Marvelous book, many thanks!” – P.W. Marriott, Wilmington, NC

“Thank you for this fantastic book!” – Kathleen Englert, Summit, NJ

“Love the book! Thanks!” – Amanda Sumner, Mt. Pocono, PA

“My husband purchased The Divine Office for Dodos, and it has assisted me with that confusion, frustration and anger that your introduction speaks about.; Thanks you for … writing and publishing this book.” – Mary Jo Knapp-Bespalko, Binghamton, NY.

"This is the best tool out there for learning to pray the Office. I should get royalties for the number of times I have recommended this book to people. Everyone who has bought it has come back to me with rave notices. This book is so easy to use, so careful in its incremental presentation of the complexities of praying the office, and so handy in size. The light-hearted tone is perfect for people who may tend towards a bit of scrupulosity. You make it clear (as someone recently said) that "not doing it right isn't the same as doing it wrong." Your presentation gives people the baby steps that build the "correct" patterns of praying the Office without a burdening of false perfectionism. I love this book! Part of what makes it work is that you flesh out a lot of the details that simply do not appear in the GILH." -- Karen Sadock, Dumont NJ 

I am a graduate student, studying Pastoral Ministry.  Our assignment this week was to prepare a prayer service using the Liturgy of the Hours.  I just wanted to tell you how helpful it was to have your book on hand. When I prepared the service, I did so with the intention of introducing people to the Liturgy of the Hours.  So, the service handout had little information snippets in the margins that explained what we were doing and why.  The explanations in The Divine Office for Dodos are very readable and easy to understand.  They were perfect for the margin boxes. I am so glad to hear that demand for your book exceeds supply.  It is a good one! -- Peace, Barbara Harris, Elgin OK

I would like to thank you from my heart at your wonderful Divine Office for Dodos. Without it I'd be lost really! I'm doing the Divine Office daily morning, evening, night prayer and I am on Lesson 52 doing it thoroughly as you suggest. I am confident that Ash Wednesday onwards through Lent and Holy Week and beyond with be fine thanks to your marvelous book. I'm looking forward to coming onto Proper of Saints. It's really a joy to use and I have found I get even more peace of heart after doing morning prayer before I get up, before I used to start my prayers after breakfast but now Divine Office first. Besides having read the Bible each year now for a mere 4 years, I understand much more about the Old Testament and now with the Divine Office even more of Gods word with get into my head and heart. I can't thank you enough. God is so wonderful to us. Stuart, United Kingdom
I also want to let you know that your book, The Divine Office for Dodos, was invaluable in helping me to pray and enjoy the Liturgy of the Hours. Your clarity and humor were much appreciated. Peace, Chris, United States
Thank you so much for your book The Divine Office for Dodos. The book is great both the teaching method and the humor. I will keep it close to my breviary for quick reference. The bookmarks are also great. I owe you a Vanilla milkshake! Lol. (Lesson 64). God Bless, Bill Loeber
 I’m in Formation for the Carmelites- Third Order- and I just received your wonderful book The DivineOffice for Dodos!  I’m loving it!  As a newbie to the Liturgy of the Hours, this is indispensable!
Thank YOU! Phyllis Mescia

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