Sunday, March 23, 2014

Welcome, EWTN Viewers!

Welcome to Coffee&Canticles, the internet home for people who are interested in the Liturgy of the Hours. I appreciate that you bothered to copy down the blog address at the bottom of the "Bookmark" screen in order to make your way here.

Now that you are here, feel free to look around. The tabs above that say "about the Liturgy of the Hours" and "Breviary bootcamp" will be of interest to beginners.  Or just browse through old posts in the archives and see what interests you.   Above all, feel free to ask questions any time by commenting at the end of any post. I'll try to get back to you in a day or less.

Regular follower of this blog come from all over the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, eastern Europe and other places as well. We are mostly laypeople, but a couple of priests and religious too. Some of us aren't even Catholic, because praying the psalms according to a liturgical framework is a tradition that spans denominations. So feel free to introduce yourself in a comment at the end of this post.

One more thing. If you saw the Bookmark program, you can see that I can't stop talking when it comes to the amazing, universal Sacrifice of Praise that is the Liturgy of the Hours. So, if you think your organization, parish, or diocesan event  wants to hear me chatter about it some more, then check the "Talks and Workshops" tab above and contact me. 

5 comments:

  1. Heard the comments on Bookmark.
    Been praying the Hours for what seems like forever. It is a great 'habit' or 'routine'. Means enough to me I actually bought a 4 volume set for another person because I knew he would pray...but maybe that was just a big inspiration from the Spirit.
    I haven't purchased your book, but maybe will consider it - more so as to lend a copy to someone to encourage them to pray the Hours. One thought (perhaps you will need to revise your book after they eventually release the revised Hours) in regards to pros and cons of praying the Hours using the book vs on the computer. And this was surely unintended on my part. I generally pray the Hours using the book while walking. People see the ribbons and know you are praying. Have had a few stop and ask questions. One Saturday morning I just happened to be near the Jewish synagogue, and the Jewish family I passed probably thought I was a member and made a compliment. So, a plus to the book and the ribbons. I don't think having a tablet would have elicited any such response. But then, I do have the advantage of having a clear idea of knowing what sections to turn to in the book. Good luck on your book. Have a blessed spiritual Lent. A friend in Christ, Tom.

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    1. Tom that is a great point of the public "sign value" of a real breviary. Conversely, I have to be very careful that no one can see what I'm doing if I whip out my ipod touch in church to pray either before or after mass: I don't want to scandalize people who would think I was checking email messages in church! Like you, I love saying the LOTH as I walk outside on nice days (may they soon return to my frigid northern USA!)

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  2. Terrific interview Daria! I'm sure you've inspired many viewers of EWTN to try the Divine Office. Your book is a real blessing. - Peace be with you.

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  3. Hello Daria! I saw your interview on EWTN and that is why I finally got here. I started praying the Liturgy of the hours a couple of years ago but got bogged down in the book I bought. It was "Christian Prayer" and was all in one book. I saw you talking about this with Doug Keck on Sunday and thought I would dust off my book and try again. I have also ordered your book to help me begin again! I loved your enthusiasm about it. Thank you for your inspiration as I begin again to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. That is the effect I'd hoped to have--to pass on my enthusiasm and get others excited about it. Please feel free to ask any questions at all on any post if you run into difficulty with your Christian Prayer book.

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