Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Psalter un-Psertainty




It's time for our weekly question feature. If you have any question about the Divine Office, this is the place to ask.   Would you like to know more about postures to use (rubrics) when you pray it in community? Are you wishing to do more on a favorite saint's day than just that little prayer in the proper of saints? Do you wonder about those older terms for the hours (prime, terce, sext, none, etc) and how they relate to what we pray nowadays? Is there a particular psalm that you are having a hard time making sense of?  Just stick your question or problem in a comment box. I'll do my best, and, while I'm on the topic, I also invite the more experienced ribbon-flippers out there (you know who you are) to add their own knowledge in the comments as well. 

13 comments:

  1. Had to laugh at myself this morning when I found myself flipping the ribbon from the beginning of Monday evening (when I switched to Evening Prayer 1, All Saints) to Thursday morning...I didn't miss any Hours, but I had that little bit of guilty feeling as if I had!
    Maybe I should just bail on the book and use the divine office app to pray :)

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  2. Well, breviary skills are good to have. Think power outtages and travel to remote areas with poor signals. Or just wanting to skip ahead/skip back/look things up. Like you, I bounce back and forth. Also, since none of the ladies who prayer lauds after morning mass have a mobile device, I bring the book for fear of looking like a high tech showoff with my Kindle breviary!

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  3. Ha--I don't bring a mobile Hours out in public either. It is convenient at home, but more often than not I do reach for the book. I like the mobility for travel, though--can't be beat.

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  4. I was wondering how "official" is it to pray the office? Light candles? Incense? Pray in bed before lights out? "Worship the Lord in holy attire..." is my baptismal garment enough? How proper do I have to be?

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  5. I'm wondering if there's an easy way to set up the widget to a specific time zone.

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  6. @Michael: I have emailed this question to the ibreviary people but have not received an answer. Perhaps the app for mobile phones has this flexibiity, but I see no way to change it on my Kindle or on the widget. I always move it up to evening prayer as soon as I finish daytime prayer, since as you know, ibreviary changes to the next day at 6pm eastern time. If I ever hear of a way to fix this I will certainly post about it.

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  7. @ Franciscan Hobbit:Yours is a good question to which there is no specific answer spelled out by the church. When you pray in a group, there are rubrics and postures that ought to be observed. These are not required during individual recitation, but it is recommended to do some of them (e.g. sign of the cross, bowing your head for the glory be)if possible since this will aid our devotion. I think we can figure out some of the answer with pure logic. E.G. It wouldnt be a very prayerful or liturgical act if I said it while sprawled on my sofa, one hand in a bowl of chips, and glancing up periodically at the TV in between each psalm. On the other hand, the General instruction encourages us to adapt the divine office to our life situation. Therefore, we shouldn't feel compelled to light candles,etc. You know, this would make a great topic for one or several posts, so maybe I will do that soon.

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  9. @Daria: Thank you but I think I have found the solution. I clicked on Get Widget and added it to iGoogle (I have a Google account). It worked and the iBreviary was automatically set to my time zone (MST). Apparently, since I use Google Chrome browser, it also reset the clock on your website. Cool!

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  10. How do we combine daily mass readings with the office?

    Heather

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  11. I think you should do what the General Instruction advises for priests who want to combine the office with their daily mass, because it works well for what you have in mind. Basically, you pray the psalms, then substitute the day's mass readings for the reading in the psalter. Pick up again with the gospel canticle and so on to the end of Morning Prayer. (or evening prayer if you like.) If you want to check the General Instruction online you will find this discussion in #93-96.

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  12. @Daria: Sorry, my "solution" for synchronizing the widget with my time zone only worked last night; it's not working tonight.

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  13. Thank you!

    Heather

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