Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Weekly Q&A,- post nasal, crashed computer edition

What a week! Rushing to meet a deadline for some articles about Poland, Solidarity, and Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, while laboring under a huge head cold, and dealing with a computer crash. Plus the distractions of conclave fever. Plus the distraction of one other little matter, but I've already mentioned that enough  in the last couple of posts.

Now I'm almost done sniffling, and working at the clunky  family desk top while my cute little netbook Fed exes its way to sunny California to get fixed.Right down to the wire, with one week left on manufacturer warranty.

Be sure not to miss the second reading for Sts. Felicity and Perpetua on Thursday. Last year I posted this this essay about these two mothers and why they are such wonderful patrons even for us non-martyr mommies.  If you weren't  following this blog last year you might want to check it out.

Okay, it's Q&A time. Although, I expect fewer and fewer questions in the future, given that other little matter mentioned above, about which I will say not more today.


16 comments:

  1. Well if you won't talk about it, I will.
    Great job on the book. I see others must have started to receive their copies because the Amazon reviews are rolling in.
    I think I'm going to buy 10 more copies and hand them out at our Parish's Sunday Vespers prayer night.
    I hope you sell a ton of these and make a bundle.

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    1. Ha! Few people make a bundle on Catholic books, but there's the satisfaction of spreading the Good News in one of its many wonderful details, and also (I'm sorry to say) a little ego gratification that goes a long way in compensating for the small income. We writers are a sad bunch that way.

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  2. It is really exciting that your book is out and I am anxiously awaiting my copy. I have three Godchildren who are teenagers. I have thought about buying something to get them started on the Divine Liturgy. What would you recommend for 15 year olds? This may be in the book, but since my copy is not here, I thought I would go ahead and ask.

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    1. Hey, Susan!
      It's certainly easy enough for a 15 yr old to read, and its only 116 pages. But any reader would probably have to have a little interest or motivation to learn about the LOTH ahead of time. If your godchildren are already devout and have some kind of prayer life, then I'd say go ahead and give it to them. But better yet, read your own copy and decide!

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  3. I think I figured it out, but I was confused about praying the Te Deum. I expected to find a rubric to pray it on Sundays at least, but there was none. I checked the instructions in the Ordinary and it said the Te Deum was prayed during Easter Sundays, the Octave, Solemnities, etc. No mention of Lent. Then it occurred to me that maybe the Te Deum isn't prayed during Lent, just like the Gloria is not sung at Masses in Lent. Is that right?

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    1. I'll jump in and answer of Daria. No, you don't say the Te Deum in Lent.

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    2. Every Sunday is a Solemnity, even the Sunday's of Lent. So in addition to saying the Te Deum every Sunday during Office of Readings, you would also say it during the 6 days after Easter (as part of OOR), and during other solemnities that don't occur on a Sunday, like Annunciation (which is the next one coming up on Apr. 8th), or during a Feast, like St. Mark (which is the nect one coming up on Apr. 25th).
      In the St. Joseph's Guide for LOTH (or Christian Prayer, if that is what you have), the guide will say Te Deum for the day in the line for OOR pages.

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    3. Here's the passage from the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours that tells when to say Te Deum:

      <68. On Sundays outside Lent, on days within the octaves of Easter and Christmas, and on solemnities and feasts the Te Deum is said after the second reading with its responsory but is omitted on memorials and weekdays.>



      So not on Sundays in Lent, according to this.

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    4. Meant to include the URL:

      http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdwgilh.htm#Ch II-III

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    5. Scott: that's the way I understand it, like the Gloria on Sundays in Lent. But I have been wrong before...daria?

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    6. I think Scott covered it with #68 from the GILH: Sundays outside of lent. I'm afraid that in my book I said the Te Deum was for "Sundays and Solemn feast days" without mentioning the lent exception or the octaves of Christmas and Easter. Of course, days of octaves are solemnities, so I guess I"m covered there. But I wish I hadn't forgotten the lent situation.

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    7. Then my mistake then, and apologies!
      I was reading the red text in the Ordinary too literally. It doesn't exclude Lent in the red text, but I guess the General Instructions overide that.
      Plus, when I look closely, the St. Joseph's guide doesn't have Te Deum on the Sunday's of Lent. So you all are right!

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    8. Also --Never take the St. Joseph's guide as the ultimate authority. It's generally right but has been known to be incorrect now and then. (which could just be "typesetting" errors rather than reflecting incorrect knowledge on the part of its editors).

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  4. Daria, I have a question...
    I don't usually pray any ofthe three Day offices, but do from time to time. Like today I prayed mid-afternoon.
    So, there is just one Psalm Antiphon for all three Psalms, that (at least as it did today) comes from the Proper of Seasons. So, we preceed the 1st Psalm, as usual, with the Antiphon and then repeat it after the 3rd Psalm's Glory Be, correct?
    I know you aren't big on the Pray-Psalms, but I leaned, I think it was from Seth Murray's Discovering Prayer book, for the first time, that unlike how the Catholic Book Publishing (CBP) LOTH's have it, the Prayer-Psalm actually comes after the Ant-Psalm-Glory Be-Ant sequence, not before the repeated Antiphon as it seems in the CBP text.
    So, in Day offices, we'd say the Prayer-Psalms after each Psalm's Glory Be, because there is one for each of the 3 Psalms, but for the 3rd Psalm, we'd only say the Pray-Psalm after the repeated, single antiphon? Is that right? I know it must have been a confusing question.

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  5. Um...yeah.
    A couple of other things. Although I agree with Seth about doing the psalm- prayer after the repeated antiphon, his interpretation is not de fide. It's hard to know for sure because no other country uses the psalm prayers at all. They aren't in foreign breviaries, not even in Italy, as far as I know. So we can't tune into an EWTN live broadcast of , say, vespers in Rome and listen to see if psalm prayers follow the Glory Be or follow the repeated antiphon. The default usage in the USA (the only country which seems to use psalm prayers) is to say them before the repeated antiphon. I don't even try to correct people about this, since to most it would seem like arcane quibbling. I do use psalm-prayers now and then, and find some of them to be very nice. But most of the time, between the antiphon and the little captions/quotations at the top of each psalm, I feel I have plenty of material for understanding what the church wants me to think about each psalm.

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