THE LUTHERAN LITURGICAL PRAYER BROTHERHOOD is a voluntary group of confessional Lutheran Christians which encourages its members to pray, especially making use of the Psalms and Holy Scripture. We accept without reservation the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice, and all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God. We strive to use the best of western Christian liturgy, prayers, and music—especially the ecclesiastical choral music known commonly as Gregorian Chant—as it has come down to us in our Evangelical Lutheran Church. We value an orderly discipline of prayer, frequent communion, and private confession. We pray for each other and meet together, as we are able, to pray and sing the liturgy.
There are no yearly dues, vows, or other binding membership requirements above and beyond what is necessary to be a confessional Lutheran Christian. Retreats are hosted by Lutheran congregations.
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Brotherhood Prayer Book: Second Revised Edition is
and ready to pray. The welcome which the Brotherhood Prayer Book
received since its publication in late 2004 has far surpassed our
expectations. The looming end to the first
print run of the Brotherhood Prayer Book, the many corrections posted
and the desire to produce a prayer book more complete with music and
rubrics has led us to create this second revised edition of the
Brotherhood Prayer Book.
To purchase The Brotherhood Prayer Book, visit our friends at www.emmanuelpress.us . Go there to see more pictures of the BPB.
Listen to Rev. Benjamin Mayes speak about Gregorian Chant on the radio program Issues, Etc. (MP3) Note: You'll have to fast-forward to the second half-hour of the program.
The links at the bottom of this page contain samples of the chants being sung, in MP3 format. These files may be downloaded for free. To order a CD of the chants (MP3 format), visit www.emmanuelpress.us and scroll to the bottom. Note: The chants are presented here merely for instructional purposes. These are not professional-quality recordings.
What is the history of books like The Brotherhood Prayer Book? What is the BPB's place in that history? Read the answer to these questions in a paper written by Rev. Benjamin T. G. Mayes in PDF.
The Brotherhood Prayer Book has received glowing reviews:
This book is a clear breakthrough, a great gift to the American Church. … [The saints of old] put their lives on the line, and they did so, incidentally, so that we could be beneficiaries of the faith they handed down. Only somehow in all the upheaval of centuries of confusion, their music was relegated to the back room, where, if Steven Spielberg is right, the Ark of the Covenant is also stored. Well, our guys, to their credit, have found it (the music, that is, not the Ark), dusted it off, and brought it forth for our use. -- Burnell F. Eckardt Jr. ( Read the entire review.)
In short, the Brotherhood Prayer Book is a fully catholic book of hours refracted through the lens of the Lutheran confessions. … Boiled down to core essences, the Brotherhood Prayer Book is the only option within Lutheranism for one to pray the hours in a form reminiscent of the catholic West. In other words, it is the one that most truly deserves the descriptor of “Lutheran breviary.” -- Eric Ryniker (Read the entire review.)
*All page numbers refer to the Brotherhood Prayer Book, 1st edition.
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