Thine is the Kingdom: A Book of Prayers for Use in Time of War. Harrap, 2s. 6d_ Catholic Prayers for use in Wartime. Burns, Oates, id.
Reviewed by IVOR HALL.
rrHE slender, elegant volume prepared by the Vicar of Surbiton, reaches me at the same time as the attractive leaflet which bears the blessing of our Cardinal Archbishop. Both are excellent in their way. The Anglican compilation will appeal to those who wish to pray according to the dignified trattion of that Communion. The Catholic prayers combine the short personal Acts and aspirations suitable for the simplest with a good translation of
several liturgical prayers, Both use—in slightly different wording--the Evening Commendation of Cardinal Newman.
Canon Clarke begins, somewhat curiously, with half of the Lord's Prayer.
Cardinal Hinsley gives us a simple prayer to the Holy Trinity in place of the Gloria Patri. '
The Canon's book—better comparable with the well-known War Prayers of Mgr. Benson—includes a delightful choice of
Psalms intelligently presented. We would miss in it the recourse to gracious intercession of Our Lady, St. Joseph, the saints and the angels which, however briefly expressed, conveys the comfortable atmosphere of Catholic Prayers.
Burns, Oates have given us lovely typography and a striking wood-cut for our penny, but the leaflet is too large for the coat-pocket in which it should travel with its happy owner.