Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I Need Angels in Autumn- Weekly Q&A plus welcome





September 29th thru October 7th is one of my favorite stretches of the entire year. On the natural level, the fall foliage is approaching its peak. Just walking the dog or driving out to buy milk becomes an exercise in joy, as sky and trees compete with one another to astound us mortals with their beauty. Liturgically, we get a string of beloved feasts: The Holy Archangels, St. Therese, The Holy Guardian Angels, St. Francis of Assisi, and Our Lady of the Rosary.

The only downside to this time of year is something I call on both my Guardian Angel and St. Francis to assist me with. Anyone who drives through the farms, meadows and forests of northwest Pennsylvania these next ten weeks runs a huge risk of hitting a deer. It's mating season among our hoofed and antlered furry friends. The boys are (literally)  chasing the girls, and no one is watching where they are going. True, deer never pay much attention to cars in the best of times, but they are twice as careless in the autumn. The roadside body count goes up dramatically this time of year. Along with insurance claims.

My first close encounter came yesterday morning on the way home from mass. This photo is almost identical to what I experienced:
photo credit: hungeree.com 
Except that I was a lot closer than this before the buck got to the other side of the road. I reflected that if, as I was leaving, our pastor had clearly heard a remark I called out to him and had NOT asked me to repeat it, I would have been a second or two closer to this creature and something terrible might have happened. At church  we had just  said this prayer twice, once at mass and once at the end of lauds, which we say every Tuesday and Thursday after mass:
O God, who in your unfathomable providence are pleased to send your holy Angles to guard us, hear our supplication as we cry to you that we may always be defended by their protection and rejoice eternally in their company.
picture credit: 1up.com
St. Francis comes up tomorrow. Our pastor does a blessing of animals on this day. I'm going to ask him, when he's through with our dogs and cats, to extend his hands towards the woods and ask St. Francis to bless all those deer out there as well. Just by way of giving our guardian angels a hand.

Welcome new followers Gail Murphy and Ruth da Silva. Ruth is from India. It's always exciting to have followers from (for me) faraway places.  Ruth is a huge fan of St. Therese, and blogs about her and many other things.
Any Divine Office questions this week? I'll anticipate this one. To celebrate a memorial, use the psalms from the current weekday (unless otherwise prescribed. The Guardian Angels were one of the "otherwise prescribed", since it was given the full feast treatment with its own antiphons and psalms from Sunday week I. ), then go to the Common of Saints for the rest, substituting from the proper of saints anything that is set down for the saint's day.


7 comments:

  1. Thanks Daria!
    Looking forward to your blog posts! :)

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  2. I just absolutely love the iBreviary app. I'm still getting my bearings in praying the Hours each day, and would like to know about the +'s and the *'s throughout the readings in that app. Thanks for your help.

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  3. Those mysterious crosses and asterisks help people who, in community or group settings, recite the office by alternating each verse, rather than each larger section. They are even more helpful when one is chanting the psalms. That little cross tells you not to change to a different chanting note until the following line. It's used when a verse of a psalm is longer than usual.

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  4. OK, I am with you on the "psalms from the 4-week, then go to commons of saints for the rest (unless there is proper stuff)" but when I turn to the commons I always see that there are special antiphons that I wound up not using because I used the ones from the 4-week. And that always makes me just a little crazy.

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    1. Yeah, I tried to head that problem off with my parenthetical statements above, but I think next time I write about this, I should start with "Rule no. 1- Always check proper of saints first to see what is there, and then use weekday plus common plus whatever the proper of saint has. There are only a handful of memorials that have special antiphons for the feast. Even when I have taken note of this, I"m likely to forget to turn back to them. Oh well.

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    2. Thank God for our Guardian Angels!! I can relate to this time of year being more dangerous because of the deer as I live in Ohio. Pray you will avoid all of them. Love the Liturgy of the Hours...thanks for the good information on the Divine Office! God Bless.

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