Monday, February 8, 2016

Divine Office Boot Camp II: Invitatory Psalm and Morning Prayer

After  psalmody comes a reading, and a few seconds or more of  reflection. Then the responsory. Then the canticle of Zechariah (antiphon, canticle, antiphon.) Save yourself endless annoyance by making a photocopy of this canticle from the Ordinary and pasting inside the front cover of your book so it is easy to find each day until you know it by heart. Now for the intercessions. There are several ways to do this.  You'll notice that each petition is divided into two parts. (again, for group recitation). You may read each one, then repeat the  "Lord-hear-our-prayer"-type response given in the beginning. OR you may simply read each petition WITHOUT using the response/refrain. Both options are in the general instruction. I usually skip the repeated response, being a person lacking in devoutness who wants my liturgical hours to be short and sweet.

Next, recite the Our Father. Then the final prayer. Conclude with, (while making the sign of the cross),May the Lord bless us, protect us from every evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

This is all pretty straightforward during Ordinary time. It gets  little more complex during lent, or when you celebrate a saint's feast. I recommend not worrying about the saints or the seasons for the first weeks that you use the psalter. There's enough to do just getting familiar with the feel and flow of things without adding more complications.

You will notice that the psalms of Morning prayer have, well, a nice morning feel to them. They often refer to the morning, to daybreak or dawn,  to the rising of the sun and the beauty of creation. This isn't just the Church trying to be cute and give us some Hallmark moments to rouse us from our AM stupor until the coffee kicks in. It's because the Divine Office is meant to sanctify each part of the day. We are asking God to bless and consecrate our morning, our midday, our evening, and all the activities that go with each of these. It all fits together. Like the movements of a symphony.

If you have any questions, just ask.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Online conference for Catholic Moms--Coming Soon!

 For all those who can't afford plane tickets and hotels and entrance fees for a live  conference, this is the next best thing. I participated as a speaker in last year's event and can vouch for the faith and the talent of the organizers. You can enjoy this from the comfort of your home, or else turn it into a local event at your parish with a large screen TV or projector.

As if $14.99 isn't enough of a deal: If you do sign up, use the coupon code  SOCKEY  for an extra discount. 

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