Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Q&A Time

Just a quickie to tell you a few things.

1. If you are at the March for Life on Thursday, look for my husband, Bill, who is escorting the National pilgrim Virgin statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the head of the march. Tell him that Daria says don't forget to do Midday prayer, and to be careful driving home.

2. Someone asked me what a good votive office for the National Day of Prayer for legal protection of Unborn Children might be. I couldn't find anything official on the USCCB website.  Neither Office for the Dead nor that of the feast of the Holy Innocents seems appropriate. Maybe, if you wanted to do something other than the regular office of Thursday, you might jump ahead and do parts of Friday, since Friday's office stresses the passion and also repentance for sin.

3. This is a Q&A post. Ask anything you want about the Liturgy of the Hours and I'll try to get the right answer for you.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Daria, forgive me if I forgot this from your book, but the mother of a good friend of mine, she was very good to me during my university years, recently completed her earthly journey, and I cannot make it to back to Newfoundland. When may I say Office of the Dead for her? Does it take the place of an ordinary Office? Thanks for any information.
    Hope all is well
    Tom

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    1. You can use the Office of the Dead as a votive office--replacing the regular one-- on any weekday in ordinary time so long as it's not a solemnity, feast or obligatory memorial. I'm not so sure about weekdays in, say, lent, but that's not part of your question anyway. This is in my book on p. 92, but I don't expect people to memorize it!

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  2. Hi Daria!

    I've read your book and followed your blog for a little over a year. Thanks for all you do!

    A question: I've been using the one-volume Christian Prayer for almost a year. I think I'm ready to move to the four-volume LOTH. I know the USCCB recently recommended changes to the LOTH, and there's been some discussion about publishing a more updated set of books. There's nothing on the web about when this could happen. What is your best guess (and I promise not to hold you to it)? I've used the digital versions of the LOTH, but when it comes to prayer I'm old-fashioned: I like to have a book in my hands.

    Thank you!

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    1. Stuart, when the news originally broke in 2012, they said it would be at least 5 years. Based on how long it took to revise our missal, others have laughed at that as way too optmistic. Church bureaucracies, from the Vatican on down, are in this respect like God: a thousand ages in His sight are like an evening gone. So I have no guess whatsoever. That being said, if you can find a used set on ebay instead of springing over $100 for a new set, that might be prudent. Another thought--if you want to get a taste of what we will (eventually) have, and don't mind spending bigger bucks, you might want to try the revised breviary from Kenya. It came out in 2009 and already has the Revised Grail Psalter that we'll be using. It also has a few other features, such as the full set of gospel canticle antiphons for Sundays--that we don't have in our current set. There are several posts about the Kenyan breviary in my archives here. I'll try to look them up for you.

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  3. Question #2 As we prepare to continue our Sunday Evening Prayers in our parish during Lent, if we decide to have alight service at the beginning of the celebration, is the Pascal candle permitted to be used during a Lenten service of Second Vespers? Our should we use another type of candle? Sorry to bother you again, and thanks so much for being there to answer our questions.
    Tom

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    1. Tom, I have no idea what the protocols are for use of the Paschal candle. Maybe you should just ask your pastor.

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  4. In RCIA, we were told it's lit for the Easter season, Baptisms and Funerals. And it was lit all during the month of November, starting a All Souls Day (it was placed beside the book where the names of all the parish deceased were written by the lectern) in rememberance of all those who'd died in the last year.

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  5. In RCIA, we were told it's lit for the Easter season, Baptisms and Funerals. And it was lit all during the month of November, starting a All Souls Day (it was placed beside the book where the names of all the parish deceased were written by the lectern) in rememberance of all those who'd died in the last year.

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  6. Hi again,

    Since we are Week 5 in Ordinary Time, do I go back to week 1? In your book you reference multiples of 4 minus 1, 2, or 3. I am assuming week 5 is 4x2-3?
    Thanks!

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