In medieval times, monks divided the day into eight ‘hours’ of guided prayer: Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, Nones, Compline, and Vespers. Scribes would produce beautiful illuminated volumes with weekly cycles of psalms, prayers, hymns and readings for Christian devotion, which soon became very popular among lay people as a guidance through their daily prayers.
Sr Stan’s A Little Book of Hours contemporises the tradition and combines inspiring quotes, meditative poems, heartening photographs and mindful prayers for the readers to reconnect in every moment of the day with the presence of God and all of his divine beauty.
Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, better known as Sister Stan, was born Teresa Kennedy in 1939 on the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. From a young age, she showed strong desire to help the poor, and joined the Religious Sisters of Charity to that effect. She is today a well-known activist and campaigner, and has founded a number a voluntary organisations such as Focus Ireland and the Immigrant Council of Ireland. She has received many awards and honours for her dedicated work, and she wrote many books including Sister Stan’s Book of Inspirations (Columba Press, 2013), Seasons of Hope, and Mindful Meditations for Every Day (Columba Press, 2016).