Thursday, December 31, 2015

Merry Christmas! Day Seven

I hope all of you are enjoying a blessed Christmastide, and now that the rush and busyness that attends on Christmas Day #1 is past, you are able to enjoy how the Church suspends time, makes it stand still, so that we can bask in this feast and marvel at its mysteries,

It's good to have the time to actually pay attention to the readings and psalms, since I'm not wrapping gifts, baking cookies, or planning a sit down dinner for ten this week. It's well and good to be Martha the week before Christmas, and on Christmas day there's no choice for many busy mothers. But this week and more after Christmas allows one to be Mary.

There is also a little more time this week to figure out one's place in the breviary: Christmastide is one of the trickiest liturgical seasons for us ribbon-flippers, in part because English (or at least, USA) breviaries, actually have errors in them. More about that in another post. For now, my best advice is--if you get confused, stick with ibreviary or divineoffice.org until it's over.

December 31st is the feast of St. Sylvester. An early pope, non-martyr, he saw the Church go from persecuted minority to favored status after the Edict of Milan. Today's second reading in the OOR reflects wonder and joy at that amazing before and after.    

It is traditional to serve "Sylvester Punch" on New  Years eve. There are some recipes on the internet if you wish to try it, and have time to get the ingredients. Here is one of them.  Enjoy!

Anyone have a question about the the Liturgy of the Hours? Anyone receive a new breviary or a commentary on the psalms as a Christmas gift?  I'd be happy to hear about it in the comments.

Remember to start with Evening Prayer I for Mary, Mother of God tonight.   Happy New Year.


9 comments:

  1. Hi Daria,

    After over a year with a digital breviary, I got a printed one for Christmas. Would love to hear insights on making the switch from digital to paper!

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    1. Congratulations! And have fun with the transition. Is this a one-volume or a four-volume breviary?

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  2. It's the 4 volumes... I love the Office of Readings and didn't want to give that up. But, a LOT of flipping!

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    1. Well, this is just about the worst time of year to start trying to figure it out. My advice to you is wait til we are back in ordinary time next Monday and then it will be a breeze. Til then, you can check divineoffice.org and just use the page numbers they give you at the beginning.

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  4. Daria,
    I need an explanation.
    Why does the MP Concluding Prayer in all three online breviaries no longer match the the Collect prayer from the day's Mass?

    I thought they were authorized by ecclesial authorities to match . . .and for some time they did as I recall. Now it seems that the online sites have returned to matching the MP Concluding Prayer with what is documented in the breviary books and NOT the new/revised Collect Prayer from the day's Mass as approved for use in the 2011 missal. What's going on?
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    1. That's such a good question that I'm going to devote a separate post to it. Be patient. It will be published either tonight or tomorrow.

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    2. Thanks Daria. I look forward to your response.

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