Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Closing Up Shop

Dear Readers,

Since 2011 I've been blogging about the Liturgy of the Hours.  The title, Coffee&Canticles,along with the image of breviary, beverage, and to-do list was meant to evoke the audience I was trying to reach. We're laymen who, encouraged by the statements of Vatican II and recent popes, are trying to make the public prayer of the Church an anchor of our day. Not being monks or nuns who respond to bells, file into the choir, and learn from their elders how to use the breviary and understand the psalms, we have questions to ask and adaptations to make. We also wanted to share our "wow!" moments as we started to uncover the glories of praying with the words, heart and mind of Christ while joined to His mystical body, the Church universal.

Although my love for the Liturgy of the Hours hasn't waned, my desire to blog about it has, somewhat. So has the time I have for this project, given some changes in  my daily and weekly responsibilities at home.  I'm not sure how many times in the last two years I've chided myself for not blogging here  often enough. How many times I  resolved to do better, and...didn't.

Mike Demers has been supplying for my failings pretty well since March, but he, too, has responsibilities at home that have made blogging difficult. (Thank you, Mike!)

So, all in all, it seems like the time is ripe for me to close up shop here and move on.

The good news, which was pointed out by in the comments by  Rachael on this recent post, the Liturgy of the Hours seems to be much more of a topic on the Catholic internet subculture than it was in 2011. Maybe this blog (and my book which more or less grew out of this blog) managed to light a small fire which is now spreading nicely.  This blog was once one of a very few places on the web to learn about the Divine Office, the breviary, etc.  That is no longer so.

Although I probably won't be writing here anymore, I'm not taking the blog down just yet. So long as it doesn't get hacked or overrun with spam comments, it will remain here as a resource. If you have a question about some aspect of the LOTH, just do a google search on my name plus a keyword such as "psalm prayers" or "memorials and optional memorials" or "hymns" (to name a few perenniel topics) and you should get a list of posts that deal with your question.

If you crave an ongoing community discussion of the Liturgy of the Hours--which frankly I haven't been much supplying lately) then it's time to join one of the many fine Facebook groups devoted to it. Two of these that I belong to are called "Liturgy of the Hours Discussion and Support Group (Catholic and Anglican)"  and "Breviary and Divine Office Discussion Group." (This latter tends more toward discussion of traditional, pre-1962 breviaries for those of that persuasion.) I'm also told that   fans of Reddit will find an LOTH subreddit if they look.

If you are holding your breath (N.B.,don't!) about progress towards the new translation/revision of the USA breviary, then check now and then at www.usccb.org, especially following any meeting of the Bishop's conference. Just put "liturgy of the hours, second edition" in their search box and you should be able to find the latest developments.

Anyone else who knows of other good sources should feel free to list them in comments.

In conclusion, it's been  fun and inspiring getting to know so many fellow LOTH fans. Your questions have spurred me to learn more. Your obvious devotion and love for the psalter keep me from taking it for granted. Thank you.

If anyone has a question that isn't answered with a search of this blog (or through reading my book )
feel free to email me. thesockeys"at" gmail is where you can reach me.

May the Lord bless you, protect you from all evil, and bring you to everlasting life.
















27 comments:

  1. I understand BUT part of me is screaming and kicking to have to say So Long Dear Friend. Your comments and knowledge taught me so much. Your love for the brieviary instilled more love in my heart for mine as well. Knowing there was another walking beside me in the land of LOTH and love of psalms was very comforting in the real world where most follow rock stars, movie stars and politics. You have blessed so many of us...you will never know. I do have your book and read it periodically to refresh my knowledge. I shall miss you. Thank you and may God bless you abundantly. Xo

    ReplyDelete
  2. I believe it was for such a time as this that this website was created: http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/

    I can't find adequate words, so I'll let the link do the talking for me.

    ReplyDelete
  3. First, Catholic Bible Blog and now Coffee and Canticles. It seems that 2018 will be a sad year for Catholic Blogging. I have enjoyed this blog a great deal over the years. It was certainly one of the few that I try to visit daily. I will be sad and upset to see it go.

    ReplyDelete
  4. As for the Facebook groups mentioned: "Breviary and Divine Office Discussion Group" is definitely the place to go even for those seeking help or information concerning LOTH. "Liturgy of the Hours Discussion and Support Group (Catholic and Anglican)" is governed in a very totalitarian fashion.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jakub, I think the page owner wanted to keep the topic narrow and defined. He also wanted to prevent posting of irrelevant memes and videos just as matter of his personal taste. Page owners get to run their pages the way they like. But I'm gad you are happy with Ryan's group, and I didn't mean to imply that he didn't cover LOTH at all, but rather that the more traditional forms seem to be a specialty there.

      Delete
    2. "Ryan's group" also has a strict policy in order to "keep the topic narrow" - that's not what I meant.
      There's a great difference between enforcing topic and content type restrictions - and enforcing one's "theological" views (often rather funny).

      Sid Cundiff's group is good as long as you share or at least tacitly accept his views. "Ryan's group" is a place open to cultivated discussion between people of very different views. In short: a better place for living.

      Delete

  5. What ashame Daria. Yours is a wonderful Apostolate that's done and continues to do so much good.

    St Josemaria Escriva would say:

    The Way > Perseverance > Number 993

    You reason... well, coldly; one motive after another for abandoning the task! And some of them are, it would seem, conclusive.

    No doubt you have reasons. But you are not right.

    I will pray that you reconsider



    ReplyDelete
  6. I will miss you Daria, but I well understand the need to "git" on down the road. May everyone here be blessed by continuing to pray the Psalms daily and introduce others to the wonders of the Psalms as paths are crossed. Amen!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sigh. You've been a good companion on my journey through the LOTH. Your book was one of the first resources I used after I heard you on the radio (Catholic Answers?) five or six years ago. I believe I've long-since lent it to someone and never got it back. I hope they have passed it on in turn.

    This feels very much as if a favorite restaurant or coffee shop is closing up.

    Best of luck, Daria!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for the kind words, and sorry to have disappointed some of you. Don't forget, the blog is staying up as a resource, and since I've been answering many of the same questions over and over again, that element of this apostolate is still available. Norman, you may be right but the current state of my discernment says you're not.If it makes you feel any better, I do have some ideas for a few more books about the LOTH and at the very least a new edition of The Everyday Catholic's Guide in time for the publication of the new translation. So you see I'm not abandoning this kind of work altogether. It has also occurred to me that several of you long term followers (e.g. Tom B.comes to mind but there are others) are just as knowledgeable and good at looking things up in the General Instruction as I am. If one of these people would like to take this blog over, or migrate it to a new blog, we could talk about that. You know where to reach me. Thanks again, folks!

    ReplyDelete
  9. But Daria, none of those other groups have COFFEE in the name. That is so important for those of us who cannot be devout without our coffee!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, there is that... but whenever we sit down to Office of Readings or Morning Prayer with our cup o'Joe we'll remember one another, all united in prayer and a good caffeine boost.

      Delete
    2. Coffee in the morning and a wee drop of the creature at night.

      Delete
    3. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
    4. Yes, Mike. I often find a little Frangelico accompanies compline nicely!

      Delete
  10. Thank you for your years of posts on the topic of the LOTH. Your site was pivotal in my education about the LOTH, which was pivotal in my return to the Church. God bless you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fran, that's very gratifying to me. I figured that I'm mostly preaching to the choir: getting already devout people to try something that is even better than what they are already doing. But if I helped you return to the Church, than I've stored some real treasure in heaven! Thanks for sharing.

      Delete
  11. Daria--just chiming in with everyone else to express my appreciation for all your posts, insights, and (virtual!) companionship over the last several years as I have tried to become better disciplined in my praying of the Office. May Our Lord continue to bless you, and Our Lady keep you!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh No I just read your book and found your blog :) The book is totally fantastic.

    Thanks for doing such a great job. I hope to be reading more books from you soon and I am hoping someone stops into your helping other orient and understand the Divine Office. I joined one of the blogs you mentioned. Today I fortuitously discovered that a friend of mine has a degree in theology and has been reading the Office for some time. I have already been pestering him with complicated questions.

    Again thanks for your work, pity I am here at the goodbye party.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wouldn't you know that I just discover this three days after you shut it down! LOL!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ditto, Carol, although it's been a few weeks for me! I recently started praying the LOTH daily again because of a lingering bout of SAD (seasonal affective depression), and St. Teresa of Avila's advice about "psalmody, psalmody, psalmody!" really worked! Darya, thank you SO much for your hard work on this blog, and for your book which will continue to help so many people! :-)

      Delete
  14. Gah!!! I JUST discovered your blog and its exactly what I've been looking for!! Thank you so much for keeping it up.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Meee,too! I JUST FOUND IT. Awe. . . Thank you so much for being such a faithful servant to our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May God bless you and keep you always in the palm of his hand close to his heart. Amen.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Bummer, I just found this site also. I had the privilege of visiting the Abbey of Gethsemani a couple of months ago on a Sunday and went to Lauds through None. Listening and participating with the monks as they sang the Psalms was an awesome experience and sparked a growing interest in the LOTH. Thank you for not shutting down your site. I’m looking forward to reading your book.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I came to this party way too late. thank you Daria for your sustained and sustaining passion for the Divine Office. I know that your encouragement has helped many work their way into the daily Office. I hope that you continue to grow in the love of the Lord!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Regular updates to the countdown to the Day of the Lord by the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven at :

    http://risen-from-the-dead.forumotion.com/

    ReplyDelete
  19. Here is a blog by Tom B. that relates to the Liturgy of the Hours and similar subjects:
    https://tomsdigest.wordpress.com/
    Highly recommended!

    ReplyDelete