Today marks the 5th anniversary of A Collection of Prayers. From June 2020 to June 2021 it has been a very interesting year.
Views in the past year are about triple what they were before. I assume that people still in lockdown were looking for devotional materials and prayers. The most sought after prayers were “In the midst of life we are in death,” and litanies, cries to the Lord to have mercy.
The chief views are from English speaking countries (U.S., U. K, Canada and Australia), but there is growing usage from China, Russia and India. There are very few countries that haven’t viewed A Collection of Prayers. For this reason, I added two additional translation links so foreign language users have choices and can choose the translation utility that works best for them.
Links to A Collection of Prayers
WordPress lets me see referrers, that is, other websites that have a link to A Collection of Prayers. The biggest referrers are Christian spirituality websites (www.christianity.com, www.crosswalk.com) and a liturgy website (www.liturgies.net), followed by individual ministries, churches, and even denominational websites.
A Collection of Prayers: Publications
The sale of books pays for the website and supports research. The website’s publishing “imprint” was changed from VaterUnser Books to something more people can understand, A Collection of Prayers: Publications. Imprints on older books will be changed when some updating and editing is done. Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church remains the best seller. “God Be In My Head,” Prayers from Old Sarum and others are beginning to rise in sales.
A Collection of Prayers: Digital Products
I ventured into digital products, focusing on downloadable resources for worship planners. Sales have been slow. I have plans for seasonal resource books and “toolboxes” of collections of prayers, services and resources for worship planners. Two free downloadable devotionals, The Scriptural Way of the Cross and The Way of Light (An Easter counterpart to the Way of the Cross) were made available and both had many downloads. The Way of the Nativity is scheduled for release on December 1, 2021. The Way of Recovery, a devotional based on the Twelve Steps, is also being developed.
Beyond This Website, Books and Products
Various denominational and devotional publishers have contacted me about using A Collection of Prayers as a source.
My own denomination, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is in the publishing stages of a hymnal project (www.christianworship.com), and I was asked to prepare personal prayers for the hymnal, and to assist editing collects for use as the Prayers of the Day. A few of the Veit Dietrich collects may appear in the Altar Book and electronic resources for the CW21 project.