Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome + Q&A Time

Welcome new blog followers Jonny and Edgar! Glad to have you here.

While  pondering St. John Chrysostom's "invincible patience" today I'd be happy to take any and all questions about the Liturgy of the Hours.

Also, a question from me. If you know anyone who attended World Youth Day this year who would't mind being briefly interviewed by phone or email for a magazine article in Catholic Digest, please let me know.

Thanks.

14 comments:

  1. started the current volume with week I in the four week pslams reading section which wk.are we in now?

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    1. We are in week III right now. If ever you forget which week it is, all you have to do is look at a church calendar and see what week in ordinary time it is. If the number of the week is a multiple of 4, we are in week IV in the psalter. If it's 4+1, we're in week I of the psalter, and so on.

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  2. Hey Daria, I just wrote a praying the Liturgy of the Hours with kids post and thought you might like it: http://www.thewinedarksea.com/2013/09/13/encourage/

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  3. Oops, I went and prayed the Evening Prayer for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross without going back to remind myself what you wrote a few weeks back about how Sundays always trump feasts (with a few notable exceptions). Oh well, the deed is done. I'll try to remember next time...

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    1. It's so weird getting these messages from the future whenever you write from your faraway time zone!

      You might take some consolation from my reply to anonymous, below, although I"m guessing you already understand the liturgical vs. devotional recitation principles.

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    2. Okay, Russ, I've since received more comments including one from someone who uses the ORDO published by the bishops, and it looks like I"m wrong and we would indeed use vespers of Exlatation tonight after all. So, my mistake and you did the right office after all.

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  4. Is it maybe OK to pray Vespers of Exaltation tonight because this feast is celebrated even if it falls on Sunday?

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    1. You would think so, but no, the instruction says that this is only done when the feast of Our Lord occurs on a Sunday.
      Now, when you ask "is it okay?" I assume you mean, "Can I do this and be praying liturgically in union with the Church?" Which is why I said it was not okay. However, always keep in mind that as a layman with no obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, it is certainly "okay" on any given occasion to choose a different office from the official one for that day and use it as a private devotion. Today, for instance,if you really want to continue your meditations on the Holy Cross, then you could certainly choose to do vespers for this feast instead of EP I for the 24th Sunday of the year. It would be private devotion rather than liturgy. And that might well be the best use of your prayer time this evening if it awakens you to greater love of the Cross.
      To use a more radical example. Suppose I were to pray the rosary--joyful mysteries--today, and really got thinking deeply about the birth of Jesus, so much so that I felt the desire to extend my attention to that mystery by praying the daytime or evening prayer or Office of Readings of Christmas day. That would probably be a worthwhile thing, but I would in this case be using my breviary as a devotional prayerbook, rather than a liturgical text. The point it, keep the distinction between liturgical and devotional in mind when making these decisions.
      And of course, when I say all of the above I"m assuming that one doesn't have time to do both the assigned office of the day as well as the "devotional" recitation that your heart is drawn to.

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    2. http://www.osb.org/liturgy/precede.html
      Exaltation is feast of the Lord in the general calendar (number 5) and 24th Sunday in ordinary time is, well, Sunday in ordinary time - number 6. Instructions say that in case when we have to pray Vespers of that day or I Vespers of tomorrow, we pray Vespers of day that is ''higher'' in this table, or when they are of same level, Vespers of that day. We already had this situation on February 2 this year, Presentation of the Lord. If using online LOTH resources - some are giving texts for Exaltation Vespers tonight and some I Vespers of Sunday. I even checked Vatican Radio transmission of Vespers and they used I Vespers of Sunday.
      Zeljko, Croatia.

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    3. Here is remainder - last two comments on this post: http://dariasockey.blogspot.com/2013/02/why-st-john-bosco-doesnt-rate-entire.html#comment-form

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    4. Huh. Curioser and curiouser--what Zeljko pointed out seems to indicate that Vespers for Saturday should indeed be from the Exaltation of the Cross, but if vatican radio is using Sunday, I guess we should just leave the question open, pick one and not worry about it.

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    5. And its funny how this has happened twice this year--the presentation and again today.

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  5. I've always (since I found it) loved this blog. But you don't know how much more I love it now that I understand what you are talking about! :-) Still learning, definitely, but I "get" a lot of it now!

    Thanks so much for your ministry, Daria.

    God bless,
    Michele F.

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  6. Have you ever tried part or all of the traditional Roman Breviary? I use the "Anglican Breviary," which is basically the 1954 Roman Breviary translated into thee/thou English.

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