Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Prayer Request and Q&A Opp

My father in law, Eli William Sockey, Jr. passed away a few days ago at the age of 95. It was a holy death, surrounded by family and by prayer.   He was a Catholic patriarch, with 8 children, 39 grandchildren, and I'm not sure how many great grandchildren.

I'd appreciate a few prayers for the repose of his soul.

I haven't done a formal Q&A post for a while, so this will be one.

Are there any breviary beginners out there who are confused about something?  Or breviary veterans who have an advanced question about the correct celebration for an optional memorial, perhaps?

Just let me know.

Tomorrow--don't forget the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. You will see an Evening Prayer I for this in your breviary, but this is only used when August 6 falls on a Sunday. This year, start the feast with Office of Readings.  Note the special New Testament canticle for evening Prayer II tomorrow. We only get this one twice a year. (Do you know what the other occasion is?)

33 comments:

  1. Epiphany...but then again, I read your book ;)

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  2. I pray for your family. Is there away to do this in the Liturgy of the Hours? I am new and just learning the Rosary. I put my concerns between the beads, to the Father...in the name of Jesus. My friend, who is also new, told me of your book. I didn't know That was the official prayer. I like praying in sync with the Holy Father and scripture, but how do I pray for you? ps: My sister is your sister in law, Jenny Sockey and Bill wrote my son who is in prison. Please pray for us, thank you.

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    1. You can do "The Office for the Dead," page 1474 of the one volume Christian Prayer.

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    2. You can do "The Office for the Dead," page 1474 of the one volume Christian Prayer.

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    3. Hi Linda, I just got back home an hours ago. Thank you for your prayers, and I'm happy to get to know you. Will keep you and your son in my prayers. If you don't have a copy of my book, I'd be happy to send you one. Lori is right that the Office of the Dead is a great way to pray for someone who has passed away. But if you love the rosary best, then that, as you already know, is a great and powerful prayer.

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    4. Thank you, Daria. I am half way through your book. It is from the library, one I will want to read again, brim with details; all of which is so new to me. Your website is helpful, too. Please do pray for me and mine: 4 adult children and than half dozen grandchildren. Blessings to you and yours, linda.

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  3. In the intercessions for the day, you can add your own intentions. The last one for Evening Prayer is usually for those who have died. So tonight after "O Christ, you will reform our lowly body and make it like your glorious one,
    – we pray for our brothers and sisters who have died that they may share in your glory for ever.
    Lord, in your light may we see light."

    you could add an intention for Daria's Father-in-law, etc.

    Also, I believe on any regular day that is not a feast day or solemnity, you can pray the Office for the Dead.

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  4. Linda, check this out:
    http://divineoffice.org/evening-prayer-for-a-man/#sthash.IgcPhNsU.dpbs

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  5. Hello Daria, In your book, you make reference to John Brook, author of The School of Prayer, which for me has been a huge help in understanding the Psalms. My question is, can you tell us something about him? I've tried every where but come up with a blank, except he is a from New Zealnd and a convert... Would appreciate your in put when you have the time

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    1. Norman, I haven't been able to learn a thing about him, either. Perhaps the publisher, Liturgical Press, could be helpful, especially if you wanted to get in touch with him.

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  6. I would like to know where "Col3:17, Midday; Sunday; Week IV is located in my Christian Pray book?

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    1. LeRoy, the Christian Prayer book (single volume breviary) does not contain the complete office of daytime prayer--only selections. I belive it only has weeks one and two of the psalter for daytime prayer. You would need the 4 volume breviary in order to have everything you need. Alternatively, I belive Catholic Book Publishing company sells a single freestanding volume that contains just the complete office of daytime prayer.

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  7. LeoR, according to my Christian Pray book, Col3:17 is located on page 1888 (section Office of Readings - Reading 7...) I hope this is helpful

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    1. Thanks, I found it there OK. What started my search was I'm using The Everyday Catholic's Guide To The Liturgy Of The Hours study book and on page 63 it refers to Colossians 3:17, Midday, Sunday, Week IV. and it doesn't make any since to me. Would you know anything about that?

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    2. Hi Leo, Now I see what the problem is and what your questions meant. Yes, it's a typo in my book, and I thank you for pointing it out so I can correct it in future editions. It should have said Wednesday week IV, not Sunday week IV.

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  8. Hello Daria, thank you for your reply. With respect to my reply to LeoR, please forgive if I jumped the protocol!

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    1. Norm, there's not such thing as jumping protocol. Jump in whenever you want. It's great that so many people on this blog are eager to help.

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  9. You might want to check with Daria, she is the noble author. However, I also have the book (kindle edition) , and what you site is quoted there so maybe there's a "typo/print" mistake. Follow this link ...
    http://divineoffice.org/ord-w04-wed-dp2-current/#sthash.DuHOfoEk.dpbs
    and you will find the quote...

    It's quoted in today's D.O Midday Prayer, Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV: Ordinary: 623 All from the Psalter: Wednesday, Week IV, 1161 (Midday)

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  10. I was reading Sirach 44 and I thought of your father-in-law. RIP.

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    1. "Let us now praise famous men...these were men of mercy whose deeds have not been forgotten." Thanks for that Mike!

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  11. Question: What's with the Canticle of the Lamb during Vespers II on Sunday. Specifically, how many alleluias are there when sung and where? What about when saying it? Are there alleluias during the doxology? Where are we sure of this?

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    1. The Alleluias that are in parenthesis are only used if you are chanting/singing the canticle. The Christian Prayer book does not show any alleluias during the Glory Be, but I have on occasion heard it done that way.(when chanted) It seems to be a legitimate option.

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    2. I guess we are not 100 percent sure in the sense that it is not written down in any church document I know of. But since an abundance of alleluias as appropriate during the Easter season in particular, there doesn't seem to be any harm in doing so. I believe alleluias are added in and around the Glory Be during Easter season masses when they sing the propers (entrance antiphon, offertory and communion antiphons.) You'd probably have to ask this question at a monastery where they chant the office to get more information.

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  12. Hello Daria! I have Christian Prayer but would like to start praying the Office of the Readings. I seem to recall you mentioning a book that just has the Office of the Readings but Google is not being much help on that. Do you have any information on how to find it/use it?

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    1. Once upon a time there was a single volume with just the OOR, published by Pauline Editions. Unfortunately it went out of print a long time ago. It turns up on used sites now and then but usually at very high cost. Of course, you can always get it free on a mobile device with ibreviary.com or universalis.com. But if you want it in a book, the complete 4 volume breviary is the only way to go at the moment.

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    2. Even though I have the 4 volume, do you know what the exact name of the Office of Readings book was, just in case one what wanted to look on eBay or some other site?

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    3. As I recall the title on the cover was simply Office of Readings and the publisher was Pauline Editions. The copy I used to have was purchased in 1983 or 84 so look for a copyright date early 80s or late 70s. Plain brown cover with gold letters.

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  13. Daria,
    Although I trust that the Office of the Dead may replace ordinary days, where are the official rules that allow this?

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    1. Not sure if this is sufficiently spelled out for you, but #245 of the General Instruction seems to cover this, because the Office of the Dead is a votive (i.e. chosen at will) office. Also, the rubric at the beginning of the Office for the Dead in the breviary itself states that "the prayers are to be adapated in gender and number according to circumstances." which implies that there will be occasions besides All Souls Day when the office is used. Hope that helps a bit.

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