Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcome& Weekly Q&A- Ascension Vigil Edition

Welcome to new follower Lora, who joined us several days ago.
I'm preparing to record a Podcast with Catholic Vitamins around noon today, and will spend this morning going over the proposed discussion questions that host Deacon Tom Fox has sent me. It's a chance to reach more Catholics with the good news of the Liturgy of the Hours, so say a prayer for me that whatever I say will make the Hours sound intriguing and attractive to whomever eventually listens to the podcast. (not sure when the podcast will actually be available. I'll let you know when I find out.)  Pray specifically that I don't talk too fast, that being my greatest flaw as a speaker!
Don't forget to use Evening Prayer I of the feast of the Ascension tonight. Unless, of course, your diocese commemorates this feast on Sunday. Lots of people--myself among them--like the holydays to be celebrated on the traditional day rather than on he nearest Sunday, but I also understand the reasoning for the transfers to Sundays. More light was shed on this concept of the church's authority to switch up our observance times when my son, who will soon go to a new Navy assignment in Bahrain, told me that in many Muslim-ruled nations, the mass of every Sunday is celebrated on Friday.   This is when Catholics in those countries are able to fulfill their "Sunday" obligation. Friday, the day of sabbath for Muslims, is the only day of the week when most workplaces are closed. Few Catholics in these countries would be able to attend Sunday mass because they would be working. I'm not sure why the Saturday night vigil option is not an adequate solution, but there must be good reasons for the switch to Friday.

Anyway, if the Church can allow  Sunday's liturgy on a Friday, year round, I guess switching Ascension Thursday to Sunday, as is done in many diocese here, is not big deal.

Now off to my podcast prep. Submit your questions or comments below!


  1. My electronic version of the LOH gave me the regular Wednesday evening. Sigh...I got on track this morning and used the actual BOOK. Will do the same tonight and then back to e-prayer tomorrow!
    I look forward to news about the podcast. That's one form of media that I seriously underutilize. (I could listen to them while I cook dinner, but it never occurs to me to do that until dinner's over.)

    1. I received my first ever ipod touch last week for my birthday, and am only just starting to see the potential of podcasts.
      ibreviary had the ascension prayers following the regular weekday ones. I think was caught off guard because they are based in a state where the feast is transferred to Sunday. In fact, I've read that it's only the northeast that sticks with Thursday.
      Good to hear from you--it's been a while. I hope that means you have completely bounced back.

    2. Thanks--yes, I have "mostly" bounced back. I can drive and do whatever else as I feel I am able, but no lifting heavy things for 3 more months.

      Our deacon and I were just talking about the e-prayer the other day. Both of us use Divine Office on iPad. We love that we can pray without flipping; it feels so seamless that way and there's no wondering if we're on the right page. On the other hand, when we do wind up with a book, we're out of practice!

      Enjoy your iPod! Isn't it fun to discover what you can do with that little gadget? There's an app for EVERYTHING!

  2. Dianne, in the countries of the Arabian Gulf, most Catholics are migrant workers (with far fewer rights than say, migrant workers in the USA) and consequently, they are only given a few free hours on Friday (in some cases, particularly for domestic servants, not even that). Therefore, the Saturday evening Mass does not work. In addition, most of the churches have space constraints and would not be able to accommodate all the people (for the same reason, there is a practise of multiple celebrations of the services of the Triduum, which is usually disallowed; and also of general absolution offered before the main Mass of Easter for the purpose of making the Easter Communion).

    Masses are offered on Friday, Saturday evening and Sunday - although in the couple of churches where parts of the liturgy of the hours are prayed (such as the cathedrals), the regular weekly cursus is observed, and the 'hours' celebrated correspond to the Friday. Of course, this external solemnity on Friday has some interesting consequences - for example, Wednesday, not Friday, is the penitential weekday. It also leads to some interesting decisions on which Mass is used when say, a Feast falls on a Friday but a Solemnity on a Sunday.

  3. Thanks for the extra information. I was wondering what was done about a weekly penitential day if Friday were used for Sunday. It all sounds pretty complicated.