Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Run-up to Fortnight, Q&A, and Welcome...




...to new blog follower Erik, and also to "tsjackso" who might have already been here for a week or so but I somehow missed during previous welcome posts. 

Very busy here with the Venango county, PA Fortnight 4 Freedom team. We're at the southern end of the Erie diocese, a very rural area, but we're doing the Fortnight in a big way, with bulletin announcements, literature tables, and a lecture series on topics related to the issues of the day. Our final lecture, "Spiritual Warfare in the the fight for Religious Freedom, will mention among other things,the Liturgy of the Hours, and end with Vespers.  The other lectures will end with either wine and cheese or beer and bratwurst. (What we won't do to draw a crowd!)

If any of you are involved in your community with the Fortnight, share in comments what you're up to. This is an exciting time for the Church in America.

Meanwhile, any questions about the how's, why's, and wherefore's of the LOTH, just ask!


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the comment, Daria! I've been reading in bits and pieces over the last couple weeks. I'm an Episcopalian and have found that I really appreciate the LOTH structure to our Daily Office, as well as the size, shape, and layout of the books.

    For starters, our morning and evening prayer call for two readings each, but our two-year lectionary only provides three readings for each day, alas, so you'd have to borrow a reading from the other year or get ahold of an out-of-print patristic lectionary. On the other hand, we get a different gospel reading every day, but in exchange, there are only proper prayers that change by week.

    Anywho, thanks for all the hard work you've put into this blog and answers to our questions.

    Grace and Peace,
    Ted, AKA tsjackso

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  2. You're welcome. I understand that the Anglican/Episcopal morning and evening prayer have more in them than ours because there are fewer daily hours altogether, although I'd never actually verified that. We put our longer bible reading and patristic reading into the Office of Readings, which some people pray the night before, or others early in the day prior to morning prayer. We don't have gospel readings in the LOTH except for the Sat. night office of Vigils.(which most laity don't even do). I guess the idea is that we get a daily gospel reading if we go to weekday mass.

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  3. My parish is transferring the sol. of St Peter to this Sunday (with permission). What do I do with the LOH this day? Do I transfer as well? {if yes, then what do I do on Friday?}

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    1. I guess it would make sense to follow your parish's leand and do Peter&Paul on Sunday as well, and so on Friday you would do Friday of the 12th week in ordinary time.
      And now I'd better get that WEdnesday Q&A post up!

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  4. Hey, thanks for the shout out! Your blog is super helpful for a young guy who's stumbling through teaching himself the Liturgy of the Hours. You've got me regularly figuring out Compline, and I'm hoping to move down into the harder Hours soon. Thanks a bunch!

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    1. I'm so glad the blog has been helpful to you Erik. Once you've done compline faithfully (more or less) for a few weeks, morning and evening prayer shouldn't be too hard. Summer is a good time to start them, since we are in ordinary time, hence only one section of the breviary needs to be used most of the time. Anyway, whenever you're ready, I'm here to help.

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