Daily Divine Service Book: A Lutheran Daily Missal, by Pr. H. R. Curtis

November 30th, 2010 Post by

For the first time in English, a complete Lutheran daily missal is available for purchase. Edited by Rev. H. R. Curtis, the 728 page volume contains the ordinary of the Common Service, extensive rubrics for a reverent celebration, and full propers for every day of the year (Sundays, Feasts, Ember Days, Weekdays of Lent, and all the saints in the Loehe and LSB calendars).

The book is especially well suited for communion shut-in calls: for the first time a pastor can conduct the entire service from just one book!

Daily Divine Service Book can be purchased in either hardcover or paperback at the links below. The book is being sold at 10% off until Christmas and using the code cyber305 will garner an additional 25% off.

Paperback or Hardcover editions are available from Lulu. Discount coupons are available here, or you can use coupon code HOLIDAYREADS for a discount.

Here’s a link to a post about it.

The best way to conceive of this book is to think of it as the Missal that accompanies The Brotherhood Prayer Book as Breviary.

Pastor William Weedon

From the Preface:

At no time is [the lack of a Lutheran daily missal] more frustrating for Pastors than during the shut-in communion call. Shall I lug my altar book and lectionary along with me? Can I figure a method of marking my Bible so that I can find my way to the Introit and Gospel reading? But then what about the Collect?

Daily Divine Service Book grew out of such struggles in my own ministry. It is a daily book due to another frustration I encountered with the lectionaries and altar books available to Lutherans: the paucity of propers available for the sanctoral calendar. Should a Pastor wish to observe the day of St. Augustine, for example, at a midweek Divine Service – what propers would he use? Though Augustine is a favored saint among Lutherans and appears in many of the Lutheran sanctoral calendars, one is hard pressed to find actual propers for a Divine Service. In this volume you will find propers not only for Sundays and festivals, but for everyday of the year. . . .

This book will not replace the hymnal, agenda, altar book, and lectionary your parish uses. Rather, it is meant to be used alongside your current collection of worship resources. Furthermore, Daily Divine Service Book is not tied to any one Lutheran synod or hymnal. You may use this volume alongside TLH, CW, LW, LBW, or LSB and their respective altar books, agenda, and lectionaries to good effect. You may indeed find it more convenient to use Daily Divine Service Book during the actual service – and will almost certainly begin taking this book, and this book alone, with you on your shut-in communion visits.

Pr. H. R. Curtis
Trinity Lutheran Church, Worden, IL
Zion Lutheran Church, Carpenter, IL






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  1. Rev. Steven W Bohler
    December 1st, 2010 at 10:38 | #1

    If you use the HOLIDAYREADS discount code, the cost of a hardback version (including shipping) is less than $27.

  2. December 2nd, 2010 at 06:35 | #2

    I bought my copy, Heath — Have you bought your “Looking for Luther” yet (available at Lulu or Amazon)? :)

  3. lusade
    December 4th, 2010 at 17:00 | #3

    Well, I’m going to reveal myself for the total Confessional Lutheran Newbie that I am. How would I use or benefit from this? Please accept this naive question at face value.

  4. December 5th, 2010 at 07:55 | #4

    Lusade,

    That’s a good question!

    Daily Divine Service Book will be a joy for any faithful Christian who wants to

    • Pray and study the Sunday Divine Service texts in the week leading up to or following a celebration
    • Use the propers from the daily Divine Services in Lent as a focal point for Lenten devotion
    • Gain a greater understanding of the Church Year
    • Gain a wider knowledge of the saints commemorated in the Lutheran Church
    • Study in detail the Holy Week observances – a complete Triduum with all texts is included in DDSB
    • Help keep his pastor straight on what feast takes precedence when two or more coincide :)

    +HRC

  5. December 5th, 2010 at 08:25 | #5

    I love that last line. If I didn’t have a Cantor, I would definetely need that!

    TR

  6. lusade
    December 5th, 2010 at 20:35 | #6

    @Pr. H. R. Curtis #4

    Wow! Thank you, Pastor. What a wonderful resource. That qualifies as a “must have.”

  7. Tang
    April 2nd, 2011 at 11:13 | #7

    How does this differ from the Treasury of Daily Prayer?

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