First published in 1979, this groundbreaking book established Edward Hays as a pioneering spiritual writer and teacher, and has since sold over 150,000 copies. This new edition with a new preface by the author celebrates the “domestic church”—a family worshiping together at home—with a collection of prayers and blessings that remain as fresh and creative today as they were over twenty-five years ago. With blessings for birthdays, family members, the home, pets, and more, this book makes it easy and fun to gather in prayer as a family. This book is an ideal gift for weddings, baptisms, the birth of a child, special family milestones, and sacred moments.
Father Edward M. Hays is the author of more than thirty books on contemporary spirituality. He was the co-founder and moving spirit of Forest of Peace Publishing and founding director of Shantivanam, a Midwest center for contemplative prayer. He has served as a chaplain of the state penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, parish priest, and spiritual director. Hays has spent extended periods of pilgrimage in the Near East, the Holy Land, and India and remains a prolific writer and painter.