Lectio Divina is a central part of Benedictine Spirituality. Along with work and prayer, the reading of books that speak to various aspects of our faith is essential. While it is assumed that our oblates and associates will be using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer for Morning and Evening office, there are other sources suitable for incorporation into those offices.
The Bethlehem Priory recommends the following booklist for priests, oblates, confraters, and laity to inform and encourage you in your Christian life of spiritual combat against the devil.
St. Augustine’s Prayer Book (traditional)
The traditional St. Augustine’s Prayer book is simply wonderful. Full of prayers, devotions, Psalms, and more, it supplements any prayer book tradition very nicely.
The Spiritual Life: A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology • by • Aldolphe Tanqueray
First published in 1930, The Spiritual Life remains the most comprehensive one-volume treatise on ascetical and mystical theology.
The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way • trans. • Helen Bacovcin
A fictional story about the Jesus Prayer (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner).
Commentary for Benedictine Oblates on the Rule of St. Benedict • by • G.A. Simon
Daily readings from the Rule of St. Benedict and further readings from the editors for personal reflection.
The Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God • by • John Maximovitch
Anglo-Catholics hold to a very similar view about the Virgin Mary to the Eastern Orthodox (in contra-distinction to the Roman Catholic doctrines).
Christ in the Psalms • by • Patrick H. Reardon
The Psalms are too important to not know what’s going on in them theologically. Reardon does a fantastic job explaining how Christians can and should relate to every single Psalm through the lens of Christ and the New Covenant.
This free resource is very handy for quick look-ups on theological questions in the Anglo-Catholic faith.
Letter to Marcellinus • by • St. Athanasius
The great Athanasius writes about why the Psalms are so important and how they are related to Christ.
Life of St. Antony • by • St. Athanasius
St. Antony was one of the first great monastics. His life is all about the spiritual battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil.
The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church • by • Vladimir Lossky
Though a decidedly Eastern Orthodox work, there is much to be gleaned as a Western Anglo-Catholic. We must know why the East thinks about certain things the way they do. Second, this book is beautifully written. There are concepts applicable to all Christians.
The Space Trilogy • by • CS Lewis
Lewis helps us through a fictional story, understand the cosmic dimensions of the spiritual battle. We are truly in a supernatural, cosmic battle and Christians need to be awakened to this reality.