Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday,Coffee&Canticles! Giveaway week!


One year ago tomorrow,  I prepared to quit my day job and set up this blog, writing a Welcome Post that might have been viewed by a dozen people that week. Now,300 posts and 50,000+  pageviews later, this is still an itty-bitty blog catering to a small (and elite, right guys?) audience.   But Coffee&Canticles is growing, and that means, praise the Lord, awareness of the Liturgy of the Hours is growing too.  There's been a radio "appearance" and a request from Our Sunday Visitor for a feature article on the liturgy of the hours.

This first year of blogging has made me grow, too, both in knowledge and in practice.Thanks to the motivation of writing it,  I've gone from  doing maybe  3 liturgical hours with consistency  to a point  where I rarely miss any of the 5 daily hours.

Any of you who manage that without the help of that nagging voice--how dare you write about praying the Office if you don't do it all?--have my admiration. Because this is not easy. For that matter, anyone who does ANY of the hours faithfully while holding down outside employment OR while caring for babies and preschoolers OR while homeschooling: you  are awesome!

Wait. I think "awesome" is out. "Amazing" is my teenager's favorite happy adjective  these days.  You are amazing.

Writing this blog has forced me to learn so much. I've had to read the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours from beginning to end  several times this last year.   My library of books and fund of liturgical trivia has grown considerably.  (For instance, I know now that in that first post where I equate the Office of Readings with the Office of Vigils,I was wrong! Vigils is more of an extension of the OOR done on the evening before a Sunday or a feast, mainly in monastic communities.)  I'm learning to chant Morning and Evening prayer thanks to the incredible Mundelein Psalter.

And most of all, I've been inspired by the comments, questions, and efforts of all of you, ordinary Catholics who are willing to fool with a bulky prayerbook, or buy an app, or subscribe  to a website, and spend weeks figuring out how it is done and what it all means. And are willing to explain it all to other people, who are likely to blink and reply, "Isn't that just for priests and monks?"

On the Coffee&Canticles agenda for this year is to keep on posting and answering your questions. The book proposal is still being considered by a major Catholic publisher--say a prayer that this will work out. I'm in discernment (that's fancy Catholic talk for confused&wondering) about seeking opportunities to give talks and how-to workshops about the Liturgy of the Hours at homeschooling and other Catholic conferences. If any of you  can advise me there--or know of a planned conference that is short of speakers!--please let me know.

One more thing. I'd love to have guest posts from anyone who likes to write and would like to do a short meditation on a particular day's liturgy, one its hours, or one of the psalms. Or, to tell me about how you learned the LOTH, how you manage to get it said, and what its done for you. Just contact me off site.

Next time: Q&A Wednesday.And coming up: inclusive language breviaries.

Finally, in honor of this one year anniversary, I have some giveaways to, um, give away. Every couple of days I'll give away one of the following to a randomly chosen name from among those who post a comment.
Here are some of the titles. Most are new; the few that are not will be noted.

A Companion to the Liturgy of the Hours by Shirley Darcus Sullivan. Short meditations on each psalm, canticle and reading  from  lauds and vespers. The author draws on Carmelite spirituality.

The Pope and the CEO by Andreas Widmer. A former Swiss Guard gives the lessons for life and for success that he learned watching John Paul II.

The Rosary -keeping company with Jesus and Mary by Karen Edmisten. Short motivational guide to praying the rosary. Good for beginners who want to know what it's all about as well as veterans who need fresh inspiration to maintain their rosary habit.

Shorter Christian Prayer - (slightly used but good condition) a breviary consisting of only  the four week psalter for lauds and vespers plus limited selections from the  propers for Advent, Lent, and Easter, the Holy Triduum, and a couple of feastdays. A good introduction for people who is 1. not sure they really want to  do this and/or 2. intimidated by the size of the regular book.

Daytime Prayer -(slightly used but good condition) a slim volume containing the complete hour of Daytime Prayer for every day of the year. About the same size as Shorter Christian Prayer.  The regular one-volume breviary only contains selections from Daytime Prayer, so if you are interested in having the Real Deal this is the book for you. I kept it in my desk at work for the last year at my day job, since I didn't want to lug the book from my 4-volume set around.

Surrender!The Life Changing Power of Doing God's Will  by Father Larry Richards. Spiritual shock therapy as only Father Larry can administer it.

Holy Traders- Apostles and Evangelists edition. Saints trading cards for kids.

Patron Saints - a list of patrons for every possible profession, situation, person, place, things, illness, and crisis. by Thomas J. Craughwell.

The Mass-the Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina. Step by step through the liturgy, with insights on history, theology, and spirituality.


Okay, that's it for starters. I'm not sure which book to give away first, so....... for the first giveaway only, I will let the winner choose which book he or she wants.
All you have to do is write a comment. Anything, like "Happy Birthday" or "I Want Book" or "Pick Me or I'll find out where you live and hunt you down."

I'll write down all the usernames on little pieces of paper, put them in a bag, and have one of my kids reach in and pick one. Only one comment per person. I'll close entries on Saturday night. A new contest (where I name the prize) will start next week.

P.S. If I get a dozen comments from "anonymous" I won't know how to tell you that you've won. either sign on as a follower,(preferred method to my mind) or give yourself a name, or make an unusual remark to distinguish yourself from the other anonymouses. 


34 comments:

  1. You better do something to identify yourself, Anonymous, or I won't know how to distinguish you if other Anonymous folks enter.

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  2. Hi, Daria~
    Enjoyed reading about your "beginnings!" Just started reading about a month ago and enjoy your posts very much. Thank you. Great giveaways....Happy Birthday!

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  3. Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for all the good things you put in this blog. I have recently retired after 36 years of lab research at North Dakota State U in Fargo. The Pastor of my church mentioned the spiritual joy of praying the Divine Office and I found your blog at that website. I pray the Invitatory Psalm along with one of the daytime and the night prayers. Thanks again!

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    1. Hey Bob! You're a winner! Email me with your choice of prize from the list above and your mailing address.

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  4. I enjoy your blog. I look at it every day. If reading the Liturgy of the Hours was only as simple. you are an encouragement to us all. Theresa Williams (a follower)

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  5. Congratulations on your blog-birthday! I still remember learning the LOTH in college, and shuffling downstairs to the chapel sleepily to pray it at 7:30am with all the other cool kids, after daily Mass. Imagine my joy when I ended up marrying a former-seminarian, who still makes the Office part of his daily life! Although we mostly pray it off our smart phones now, it continues to enrich our life and is a great blessing to both of us.

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  6. Happy blogiversary, Daria! Keep up the great work and may God continue to bless your efforts! :)

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  7. Congratulations! I'd love to win.

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  8. Daria - Happy Birthday and thank you for all of our guidance and thoughts about the LOTH. It's so very helpful!

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  9. I'd love to win. Thank you for your great blog.

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  10. I've been regularly reading your blog for about a month ... I have been using LOTH on and off for a couple of years ... first MP, then MP & EP, recently added DP & NP ... I haven't learned the Latin names for them yet ... I don't know my way around too well on the web ... I have yet to figure out how to join, or is it follow, a blog ...
    I have some of the things you are giving away but if I get to choose then put my name in! You can call me: still figuring out how to join :)

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    1. Joining is easy if you have a google account. Just click where it says "join this site" over the pictures on the right hand side of this page. They might ask you to set up an "account" but the info is very basic.
      If you don't have google, it might be too complicated to bother with, so don't worry about it. I also have options for subscribing to my feed with various readers. Maybe you do that already. It doesn't matter really if you're not there in the "Followers" block. It just makes me feel good to see that number go up!

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    2. And check my newest post on Divine Office vocabulary. I wrote it just for you.

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    3. this is fun ... I read the vocab post last night and wondered if I was the inspiration and here I find that I was ... how cool is that ... I may become some sort of blog junkie though :)

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  11. This site helps kite me over my dry spots
    franciscanhobbit@gmail.com
    [I don't remember how to post]

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  12. Congratulations, and thank you for promoting the Liturgy of the Hours in such an engaging, intelligent manner, Daria!

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  13. I have been praying the LOH for over 3 years and I find that if I get up in the morning and do it right away before brushing my teeth, etc., it just sets the tone for the day. I became professed in the Secular Franciscan Order over a year and a half ago. The hours are part of our life and it has definitely made a difference in mine. Sometimes, when life gets hectic, I find that this centers me even if my mind wants to wander.
    I am so glad that I found your site.Happy Anniversary!!! Don't eat too much cake.
    Peace and love,
    In Christ,
    Jeanne Pergande, SFO

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  14. Happy anniversary and thanks for the really fun giveaway!
    I have been enjoying your blog for just a short while, but you have something very special here.
    A wonderful ministry - thank you so much.
    Teresa

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  15. Happy birthday/anniversary/blogaversary/whatever it is you call it, Coffee & Canticles! I'm a ribbon-flipper from way back. I first was introduced to Liturgy of the Hours in college, when the folk group I played with would visit the Sisters' convent and play at Masses for them occasionally. The Sisters helped us follow our way through the prayers. A few of us got hooked and would pray together in the dorm on occasion.
    I have shared this link with some of my fellow Secular Franciscans (and some in formation) who are interested in learning more.
    Thanks for all you do to help us learn & grow!

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    1. Thanks, Barb. Your frequent comments here are always appreciated. I'd love for you to guest post sometimes.

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  16. I'm so glad you entered the blogging world, and I'll be praying for the book deal!

    Oh, and please count me in on the giveaways!

    Thanks for being here, for challenging me as praying Catholic, and for managing to marble in wit into writing about something that so many of us find a wee bit intimidating!

    God bless!

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    1. Marble in wit,eh? Now there's a new figure of speech for me. I like it.

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    2. Congratulations, Kate, you're one of three winners for the first week giveaway. Hurry and tell me which prize you want, before one of the others claims the same thing. And your mailing address.

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  17. I just celebrated my first year of blogging as well. Thanks for sharing this giveaway!

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  18. Hey. Just jumped over here from 7QT and this caught my eye. I'm a Protestant who's been working on praying the Anglican version of the Daily Office for a year of so now. I'd definitely be interested in the book giveaway.

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    1. I understand that the Anglican version is pretty similar to ours. I keep meaning to check it out just for the sake of comparison. Are there any online Anglican prayerbooks that you recommend?

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  19. Happy Blogiversary, Daria. I am pleased to say that I have read your blog from the beginning. You inspire me to be much more consistent in my daily prayer. If you pick me, I would love "The Pope and the CEO".

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  20. Hello! I stumbled on your blog via Betty Beguiles as the title jumped out at me ... of course, with my Italian background I mentally changed it to Cappuccino and Canticles!

    Blessings!

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    1. Well, I'll have you know that I often have biscotti with my coffee!

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    2. Bia! Guess what? Your name was picked as one of the giveaway winners for this week. Let me know which one of the items mentioned above you'd like to have, and also give me your mailing address.

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  21. Happy Blogiversary!!! Thank you for blogging on such a precious and beautiful tradition of our Church!

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  22. Comments Closed. New Giveaway next week.

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