Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bungling Through the Breviary?

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Lurching throught Lauds? A little Vague on Vespers?

As promised, this is your weekly forum for asking any questions you have about the Divine Office. Maybe you haven't even started because you aren't sure which breviary you should buy. Maybe your bouncing back and forth among online breviaries and don't understand the differences among them.Perhaps you know you can't do the entire Liturgy each day, but want advice deciding which hours you should pray.

Maybe you are a seasoned  pro at this breviary business, but want to compare notes on the finer points of praying the hours. Or you want to start praying it with someone else and do all the correct gestures and postures for community recitation.

I don't promise to be the final word on every single question, but what I have for you is 30- some year's experience saying the Office alone and with groups. Also, and more important, I have the complete General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours with me,  and will be happy to look things up when magisterial backup is needed.

So please, ask anything you want in the comment box. And anyone out there who knows what he's doing may comment on the comments if you have anything to offer. E.g. multiple readers can give their experience of the pros and cons of various breviaries.