Thursday, December 29, 2016

5th Day of Christmas Wishes&Prayer Request

Dear friends,

I hope that your Christmas season continues to be a merry one, that you are enjoying the liturgy of the Octave with it's very special saints: Stephen the martyr, John the Beloved, the Holy Innocents, Thomas Becket and Sylvester.

If anyone received a new breviary for Christmas, or a new book about liturgy or the psalms, let us know in the comments what it is and how you like it.

My posts have been a bit scanty this month and will probably continue to be. Both my mother and my brother are in the hospital right now, both seriously ill. Needless to say, this will keep me pretty busy for a while.   I ask your prayers for them: healing for my brother and a peaceful death for my mother.
And for wisdom, patience and courage for me and my sister.

In the meantime, I am always open to guest posts here. If any of you would like to write about the Liturgy of the Hours in your life, whether in general or else your reflections on a particular aspect, let me know.


19 comments:

  1. Dear Daria:
    I will remember you brother and dear mother in my prayers.
    Jesus Christ, King of Mercy, we trust in Thee.
    Teresa

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  2. Yes, definitely prayers. And the Blessed Mother's intercession.

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  3. Hi Daria, thank you for sharing your news with us. I have put your family in our ICU prayer group asking Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to accompany all during this trying time. Sum Sum Corda

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    1. Habemus ad Dominum. And muchas gracias.

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  4. "May we be heirs according to hope of life everlasting: in
    Christ Jesus our Lord."
    Titus 3:7

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  5. Will keep both family members in my prayers.

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  6. My father died five years ago yesterday, Dec. 30th, after a short battle with Stage-4 lung cancer, so I know how especially (more) difficult it can be to deal with sickness and death at this time of year. Your mother, brother and you are in my prayers; my intention for Mass tomorrow will be for all of you.

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  7. Hi Daria and everyone,

    This is my first time to your site. I am a new Catholic as of April 2016. I recently bought the Liturgy of the Hours, Shorter Christian Prayers, Christian Prayer and your book back in November. They have been a blessing ever since. Recently, I read and took notes on the first three chapters of your book, so much wealth of knowledge in them. I personally prefer the book breviaries versus the online ones. Thank you for writing your book, it has been so helpful and continues to do so.

    Alexis

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    1. Hi Alexis, and welcome to the Catholic Church. You show a true convert's zeal by plunging into the Liturgy of the Hours so soon after converting. (Most of your fellow Catholics don't even know what it is!) Thanks for your kind words, and feel free to ask questions anytime. I've been posting less often lately, but you can add a comment/question to any post and I'll get that in my email. God bless you.

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  8. I don't have a new breviary, yet I've been using _The Jewish Study Bible_ ed. Adele Berlin and Marc Brettler, for the Psalms and Old Testament Canticles. A fine translation with copious notes in the margins.

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  9. I don't have a new breviary, yet I've been using _The Jewish Study Bible_ ed. Adele Berlin and Marc Brettler, for the Psalms and Old Testament Canticles. A fine translation with copious notes in the margins.

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    1. I bet that's a wonderful resource. Of course, those notes won't include the Christological meanings of the psalms, but must be great for insights into Hebrew liturgy.

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  10. Dear Daria,
    So sorry to hear about your mother and brother's illness; prayers for them and you.

    I purchased (for myself and a friend) a book of the collects (think "closing prayer) of the Roman Rite (the new translation) from Newman House Books. It's a small volume meant to allow Liturgy of the Hours users to use the same translation of the collect as is now used in Mass. A great little resource for us.

    http://newmanhousecatholicbooks.org/books/oremus-stravinskas.html

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    1. Thanks for the prayers and glad to know about the collects book. The new collects are on most online breviaries now as well, but of course many of us just prefer to use a book. what I'd been doing was cutting them with scissors from the monthly "Word Among Us" devotional and pasting them into my breviary, covering up the old translations.

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  11. Above all else thing is thank you such a great amount for this post and genuinely this formula about coffee shop counters that you have shared through this post is simple and accommodating. My kiddos so do love frozen yogurt and now I will give them a shock.

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