Friday, January 12, 2018

Drive forth, O Lord, O Darksome Things

A Canadian Mom-blogger (and Coffee&Canticles follower) has written this lovely post about the Liturgy of the Hours.

Like so many of you, she has discovered that, far from being a piece of arcane, elite spiritual practice for those of a monastic bent, the Liturgy of the Hours, particularly in its psalms, expresses and addresses our very down-to-earth situation:

We all have suffering and darkness in our lives, and we want God to take it away. Sometimes, the only prayer we can muster is, "God, help me; I can't deal with this crap."  But if we're going to pray that prayer, we might as well use beautiful language--not because God needs to hear it (he knows all the words, even the bad ones), but because we do.  God is everything that is true, good and beautiful. And good Art is the same thing. True Art leads us to God.

So read the rest. Maybe follow the blog too. Looks like she has lots of interesting things there. I mean, pot pies, St. Iraneus, Tupperware fandom, and homage to the PBS Hercule Poirot series. Quite a spread of topics. 

By the way, isn't it kind of nice to be back in ordinary time, with no more wondering how to find the pre and post-Epiphany office each day?  


  1. I like being in Epiphany time, so I will be using the Epiphany form in the Anglican Franciscan Office until Candlemass rather than the Liturgy of Hours.

    I love the Liturgy of the Hours and the Novus Ordo mass, but I don't like the sudden jerk into Ordinary time.

    1. Oh, I totally understand. I still feel a sort of Christmas spirit until Candlemas. But the LOTH is pretty annoying to use so I'm just glad of the current simplicity. I didn't know there was a Franciscan version of the Anglican Office. Is this Anglican ordinariate you refer to or Church of England?

    2. No, it's Church of England, for the Society of Saint Francis. It is an Anglo-Catholic adaptation of Common Worship: Daily Prayer. It includes the Angelus and the Marian Antiphons, which you don't get in the more Protestant official book.

      I think it is brilliant, combining theological richness and remarkable user friendliness.

  2. A little bit of a "breather" from Advent and Christmastide slipping into Ordinary Time before sliding into the Lenten season. . .

  3. I am a nearly 70 year 0ld woman. For the past nearly 38 years since I returned to the church I have had periods of great prayer time and longer periods of no prayer at all.I find it easier to pray when happy.I pray to stay constant with this new endeavor.