Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Weekly Q&A St. Benedict edition

Welcome, Caroline, to Coffee and Canticles, your one stop shop for all things related to the Liturgy of the Hours.
Sorry I'm a little late with this post. Many tasks interfered today, including the bottling and corking of seven bottles of homemade wine, the culmination of a process that started when we harvested the grapes last September. If any of you ever try to make wine, here is one piece of advice. Don't buy this corker:

It's very hard to use. Go for a more expensive model that relies a little less on your own strength. My poor little arms are aching right now.

Today was the feast of St. Benedict, surely a patron of us psalmsayers if there is one. We have Benedict to thank for the Divine Office having the form that it does today.

Now for some tylenol, a hot bath, and bed.
Any questions about the Divine Office?
About wine making?


  1. Hi, Daria, I prayed yesterday's Offices with the our Holy Father and his intentions in mind. I hope he got a special gift for his name day. that practice doesn't happen to often.

    1. What a great idea, to offer the office for the Pope! Wish I'd thought of it. Will remember him with compline at least.

  2. James Ignatius McAuleyJuly 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Daria, here is the collect for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, St. Therese's parents whose feast day is today, July 12. I am sure all of us parents and spouses will turn to them for help. A Carmelite friend gave me this.

    you have given to Blessed Louis and Marie ZĂ©lie
    the grace to lead a life of holiness as Christian spouses and parents.
    Grant that through their intercession and example
    each of us may be able to love and serve you faithfully,
    living worthily our own vocation.
    Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.

  3. 1. Thanks so much for this blog -- you're doing a real service.

    2. Let me preface my questions by saying that I fully realize that they aren't all that important in the grand scheme, and (especially for a layman) the important thing is to pray. But, I am Catholic enough to find rules and the application thereof to be fascinating, especially in unique cases :). With that said, here are some questions about Solemnities proper to a parish:

    a) If I happen to be away from home on the feast of my parish patron or the anniversary of dedication of the church, would I still follow those offices or would I follow the office appropriate to the place where I am?

    b) If my parish patron is not on the calendar, would I use the appropriate Common?

    c) As it happens the anniversary of the dedication of my church is December 8th. I understand that in that case, we would celebrate the Immaculate Conception on the 8th and the Solemnity of the dedication of the church would be moved to the nearest unimpeded day. If neither the day before or the day after is impeded, do we just pick one or is there a preferred choice?

    d) Obviously sometimes December 8th will fall on a Sunday in Advent (2013, for example). In that case, I am pretty sure that the Sunday of Advent is celebrated on the 8th and the Immaculate Conception would be moved. But in that case our church would essentially have three solemnities on that day. Can you move two solemnities to different days, or is the lowest-ranking one suppressed in that case?

    Thanks very much for your assistance in bearing with a long question, and thanks again for your wonderful blog!

  4. 1. Thank you!
    2. Yes, there's a joy in ferreting out and following the minutiae of liturgical rules that has nothing to do with being legalistic. It's like taking pains to find out a spouses' tastes and preferences to a T in order to buy him/her a perfect, rather than an adequate present.
    As to your questions: I just finished a detailed reply, and suddenly it vanished off the screen and the page flipped back to Google search! I don't have the energy to start again, so, here's a link to the table of liturgical days in order of preference. That should answer most of your questions. Take note of #60 at the end in regard to your question d)
    Briefly, I think the choice is yours regarding a. if you are praying by yourself, unless you're visiting a place that carries a solemnity (like Ascension) to the next Sunday. With b.yes, use the common. there's a red N. in the final prayer to insert the saint's name.

    1. Except I forgot the link!