Saturday, July 25, 2015

Why everyone should Know about the Office of Readings

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  1. That is a great article. Thanks for posting it! I haven't prayed the Office of Readings yet, mainly because with the Christian Prayer edition I'm not sure how to do it. I do have iBreviary on the Kindle now, and after reading that article, definitely want to give it a try!

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  2. Ed, don't even try to use Christian Prayer for the OOR. All they have is a weird sampler of it: its complete 4-week psalter but only a tiny selection of readings. You'd never get a decent feel for it using this. Christian Prayer would have been far better off leaving that out altogether, and with the saved space, putting in the complete daytime prayer, instead of 50% of it which is what they have now. ibreviary is definitely the way to go. The nice thing about OOR is that it is not tied to any one time of day, so you choose the time of day when you have the time to really enjoy and chew on those readings. (although the traditional custom is to do it before morning prayer, which works well for the early bird, morning person type.

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  3. I've never understood why Christian Prayer only has the 1 week of psalms from the OOR (the 'sampler' is actually the week I of the OOR psalms). I have a Benedictine breviary that is about 200 pages longer and somehow has all of the readings for the entire year, as well as a full psalter, ordinary, proper, etc. (to be fair, the psalter is only 1 week plus an additional week, that's how the Benedictines pray it). It can be done.

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    1. You're right, John, I was thinking about the (out of print) Pauline breviary, which has the four week psalter for OOR. Christian Prayer wastes lots of space with that hymnal. I hope they get their act together for the new translation and come out with something more practical in a single volume.

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    2. If you're going to do the hymns that appear in the breviary, that hymnal is not a waste of space. I don't know why you keep saying that. The hymn is not optional. Sheet music is important. I use the breviary hymns from the Lumen Christi Hymnal, though.

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