prayer book


: a book containing prayers and often other forms and directions for worship

Examples of prayer book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer, Rabbi Harlow aspired to make the prayer book accessible to those who did not speak the language. Ari L. Goldman, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 For a time, Rabbi Harlow’s major works — prayer books for daily, Sabbath, festival and High Holy Days use — became the standards for worship in Conservative synagogues in North America. Ari L. Goldman, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 In the medieval and early modern periods, psalters and prayer books like the popular Book of Hours typically featured full-color illustrations, or illuminations, depicting significant biblical scenes. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayers are found in a special prayer book for the High Holidays, called a Machzor. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 28 Aug. 2023 Instead, Malachi, loyal to the ways of the Old World, keeps a prayer book in his pocket and wears a tallit under his shirt. Hawa Allan,, 10 Aug. 2023 Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting trial features prayer book with a bullet hole and survivors' testimony The jury unanimously found that all five of the prosecution’s aggravating factors were proven. Sabrina Souza, CNN, 2 Aug. 2023 Unlike Catholics, Protestants believed paintings, statues, illustrations in prayer books and even churches themselves were a dangerous distraction from God’s word, which ought to take center stage in Christians’ spiritual lives. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 The prosecution even entered into evidence a prayer book with a bullet hole, a symbol of the day’s destruction. Sabrina Souza, CNN, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prayer book was circa 1529

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“Prayer book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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