Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Q&A Plus welcome!-1/2 price candy edition

I'm a little late with this weekly Wednesday Q& A post due to the urgent and essential yearly quest for 1/2 price Valentine candy required for our family's  week long Mardi Gras (Semaine Gras?)celebration. We celebrate mainly by eating lots of candy, pausing to nod  solemnly whenever Mom says, "Ash Wednesday is almost here, guys. Start thinking about what you are going to do for Lent."  Freshly arrived home with a bag of Ghiradelli squares, Turtles, Truffles, and M&M Peanuts in red, pink, and white, I can now turn my attention  back to the Divine Office.

Realize that I hardly eat any of this stuff. It's for my husband and kids. Mostly.

Welcome to new followers Jaqueline, Nan, Jean and KM! I hope you like it here. Your comments and input are welcome always.

Anyone wondering why there is no Office prayers for St. Valentine?
Unlike St. Cyril and Methodius, Valentine is not on the universal calendar, nor is he in the list of saints added to the calendar for celebration in the United States. If you had a particular devotion to Valentine (other than enjoying the romantic customs that have become attached to this feast) you would have been free to commemorate him using the prayers from the Common of Martyrs.

Any more questions about any aspect of the Liturgy of the Hours? Just create a comment below.


  1. Didn't get shopping today...I hope you left some half-price candy for me for tomorrow! :)

  2. I think there's still plenty of Russell Stover and Pot o' Gold.

  3. I totally believe you that the candy is for your husband and children...

    1. Of course. The candy distracts them from noticing that I am enjoying Semaine Mardi with the Frangelico.

  4. I forgot to ask my question yesterday! Can I ask it today??

    Is there anyplace online to find a guide to the one volume Liturgy of the Hours book? I know the St. Joseph's guide in print works, but is there one of those basically online? I can't even find it!

    1. You can't get the St.Joseph guide online because they want you to buy it. But I think its better not to be dependent on the St. Joseph guide, but to learn the general principles for finding one's way around the breviary each day without it. Analogy: if you are driving somewhere that you have no idea how to get to, but a passenger who does keeps saying "turn here...Now to left there." you will arrive at your location, but will not have learned how to get there next time without that same passenger directing you. Of if you memorized what they said, but on your next trip, a bridge is out, you will not know what to do. Far better to study a map of the area so you have a feel for where the various roads all lead.

      There are several sources for learning these general principles. You can find the entire General Instruction for the Liturgy of the HOurs on the Vatican website. However, it takes quite a lot of wading through to find answers. Quite a bit easier is:
      This is the website of the Federated Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, and although that name sounds horribly bureacratic and red-tapey, you will find lots of good information on this site about the Divine Office. The above link makes it pretty clear as how to know which pages to be on for each type of feast, solemnity, memorial, commemoration, Sunday, etc.
      You also might like an old post of mine which gives the trick for determining which week of the psalter you need to be on:
      Once you learn the general principles for navigating your breviary, you won't be dependent on the St. Joseph's guide, which, by the way, is occasionally wrong anyway.

    2. And yes, you can ask a question in the Q&A post any day of the week!

    3. There's a Rosary Shop website that sends you a daily email with the correct page for the day in several editions. For info:

      You just need to look for your edition on each day's email. You also get full text of the day's Mass readings.