Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mercy Me! I Plum Forgot...

...to do a weekly Q&A post last week. 
Sorry about that.

So, if the Breviary bewilders, compline confuses, or matins* muddles you, ask away.
Or if you are trying to choose a breviary and want advice about editions, inquire freely.

*matins: older name for Office of Readings


  1. In the responsory, when you get to the Glory to the Father...do you say the whole Glory Be or just the 1st part (Glory be..Spirit) and then the repeat of the 2nd half of the 1st part? If you can decipher that, you should write a book! :-)

  2. You do NOT say the second half of the Glory Be, but instead answer the first part with the verse of the responsory.
    By the way, I did write a book. :)

  3. It seems to me that there are more antiphons for the daytime prayers in Ordinary Time. I don't get it.

    1. Yes, Mike, you've noted the true state of affairs. During ordinary time, there is one antiphon for each psalm or section of a psalm (which is mostly what we have in daytime prayer, since most of its psalmody is sections of the epic 119). Then during the holy seasons, and for solemnities, we make do with a single, seasonally appropriate antiphon.
      I don't know. But I'm thinking that if you want more variety, and only pray one daytime hour, you could probably use each of the single antiphons listed for morning, mid-morning, and midafternoon during those seasons and solemnities. (of course this would not be easy with an internet breviary, but quite simple with a print edition.)
      When there is a single antiphon, by the way, you do not need to repeat it after each psalm section--just say the Glory Be and move on to the next psalm.
      I just scanned the General Instruction for some light on this subject but did not see much, except for #115, which implies that a using single antiphon for each hour of daytime prayer is always an option, even during ordinary time. Click on the General Instruction tab above to look it up and you'll see what I mean.