Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy New Year!

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Yes, it's anachronistic, but still funny. And Year A starts tonight. 
Don't you love getting out your volume I breviary and opening to Evening Prayer I for the first Sunday in Advent?

And having a true hymn for vespers that goes back maybe a thousand years?(I refer here to Creator of the Stars of Night, aka Conditor Alme Siderum)

And reading all those lovely antiphons that leave you thinking how wonderful it would be if Our Lord really would come back this year?

I just love Advent.

And it's a great time to do a little something to improve your practice of the Liturgy of the Hours. Here's a few ideas.

  • Read through either the Apostolic Constitution Promulgating the Revision of the Divine Office or the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours. 
  • Or read both of them. They are found in front of volume I of the 4-volume breviary or else you can read them online. 
  • Read Liturgy and Personality
  • If you don't already do the complete cycle of liturgical hours each day, resolve to add one of them to your routine. 
  • If you can bang out a few notes on the piano, teach yourself a simple chant and use it for at least one psalm or Gospel canticle each day. 

Got any other good ideas?

Or do you have some questions about the Liturgy of the Hours?  

If so, leave a comment.