Tuesday, May 1, 2018

National Catholic Register: How to Pray Before Your Daily Prayers by Kevin Di Camillo


The Liturgy of the Hours is, next to Holy Mass itself, the prayer par excellence.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/dicamillo/how-to-pray-before-your-daily-prayers

4 comments:

  1. I love these prayers. I just thought of this analogy (perhaps it's been made before): if the Office gives us the privilege of having a formal audience in the heavenly Court of our King, the Aperi and Sacrosanctae are kind of like the preliminary letters humbly asking for that audience, and the thank-you notes following up afterward. You wouldn't just barge into an earthly Court unbidden, nor leave ungrateful, so how much more does the same apply to our heavenly Sovereign! I think it's very telling that they're making a comeback despite their suppression in 1955.

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    1. Tom B.: Interesting; see p. 207, title 4:
      https://ia801403.us.archive.org/19/items/TheNewLiturgyDocumentationSeasoltzR.K.3860/The%20New%20Liturgy_%20Documentation%20-%20Seasoltz%2C%20R.K._3860.pdf

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    2. Good resource. And yes, the Aperi + Domine in unione, and Sacrosanctae + responsory, were never actually formally part of the Office to begin with; these were always optional, while the Pater+Ave(+Credo) were considered to be part of the actual hours, and it was these that were suppressed by Pius XII.

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  2. Good stuff, I try to pray these before and after the Office as well.

    Recently I've also been trying to recite one of the poems from the back of the LOTH as well.

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