Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hail, New folks. Now what?



Jessica  and Teresa, welcome aboard!  Thanks for joining Coffee&Canticles.
This is Wondering Wednesday-- everyone's weekly chance to ask any questions related to the Liturgy of the Hours. Maybe you're not sure about when and why to do the Invitatory Psalm. Maybe you want to know what parts of Morning and Evening prayer are optional, so you can streamline your prayers on busy days. Maybe you're not sure what the point of the antiphon is. Maybe you want some advice on a breviary purchase. Whatever  it is, I'll do my best, consulting all the relevant Church documents if your question calls for it. 

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for the nice welcome! I was so excited to find this blog yesterday and have learned much already! My husband bought me the LOH a few months ago and I'm still trying to figure it out. lol... It's to early to remember my questions now but I'm sure I'll be back! Though I might check out the rest of your site before asking something you've already answered. :)

    Love what you're doing here!!

    jessica <><

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  2. In response to your post here... I didn't realize parts of the Morning & Evening prayers were optional! Which parts are they? Also, I have a 2 1/2 year old son and as hard as I try I'm not able to pray/read through an entire day... sometimes I'm able but more often then not. What would you suggest I do on the days I just can't do it all? Just the morning or evening?

    Thank you.

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    1. When I had toddlers and preschoolers spreading toys and other messes around the house all day I did not get in both morning and evening prayer every single day. So don't feel guilty for not always doing so. On the other hand, you don't want to risk losing the habit of it by skipping it too often. That is why I mentioned doing a streamlined version. Optional parts include: the invitatory psalm before morning prayer, the hymn, the psalm prayers, and repeating the antiphon after the psalm. Also, with the intercessions, you can skip the repeated response ("lord hear our prayer" etc.) and just read the petitions straight through. On a super busy day you might even make a decision to just do a small part of morning or evening prayer, e.g. just the psalms, or just the antiphons plus the reading, or just the concluding prayer: any little bit of it simply to help maintain the habit and to mark the morning and evening with at least a little prayer until you have a quieter day when you can do the whole thing again. One or two of the moms who read this blog have mentioned that they sometimes pray parts of the liturgy out loud, and soon their little ones absorb that and begin repeating parts of it with them. From there they can come to understand when you say "it's mommy's prayer time now", and perhaps will play quietly or sit quietly with you. God bless you for taking up the challenge of morning and evening prayer with a little one in the house!

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  3. You once used the word 'versicle' in a post. I thought you were making that word up, but I see now that it means something real..... exactly what does it mean? Thank you

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    1. Versicle literally means "little verse". I'm not sure where I used it, but one example for sure is the responsory after the scripture readings in morning and evening prayer. The first line of that is called the versicle, the second part the response.

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  4. Good morning Daria. First, I want to thank you for this apostolate. My mother recently passed away. (I'd appreciate any prayers for the repose of her soul and the consolation of my family). I've found the psalms to be a great comfort at this time. My question is about the Office for the Dead. Should I have said it a certain number of days? Only on the day she died or the day of her funeral? What if a feast, like the Feast of the Presentation, comes during that time? Thanks again.

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    1. The Office of the Dead is a votive office. Votive means "at will". So yes, use it any time that is appropriate: when you learn of a loved one's death, the day of the funeral, the anniversary of the death, or just every now and then when you want to remember that person in prayer. There are some stipulations to what I just said. You would not use the Office of the Dead on a Sunday, a solemnity, or a feast day. Not during the octaves of Easter and Christmas. But any normal weekday is a good candidate for praying this office.

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  5. Daria~I have just discovered the joy of iBreviary on my Kindle : ) If one recites the hymn in the Office of Readings then proceeds right to Morning Prayer, does the MP hymn also need to be recited?~Theresa

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    1. Yes, Kindle is wonderful. I use mine for at least one hour daily. If you go right from OOR to MP, you would not need to do the next hymn. Also, you would not do the concluding prayer of the OOR if you were to proceed immediately to MP.

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