Friday, February 15, 2013

Weekly Q&A - early lent edition

Here's wishing you had  a blessed Ash Wednesday. Mine was good, and hopefully a sign of a fruitful lent to come.

I'm delighted that so many of you are signed up for a chance at the book giveaway announced in my previous post. Winners will be drawn on Monday, and we'll have another giveaway of other titles before the month is over.

Several new followers have recently joined Coffee&Canticles. Welcome Kayla, Marco, Chris, Crispin, and Susan. And to others who follow through reader feeds, glad to have you here.

Other news, I'm a guest columnist this month at the Knights of Columbus' Fathers for Good website.  When you're through with the article I linked, please spend some time exploring this excellent site for men. (And mostly by men.)

One more thing. Lent is a great time to ramp up your practice of the Liturgy  of the Hours: to add one extra hour, and/or to be more consistent with the ones you already pray. Or, to set aside extra time so that you can linger a bit more  over the psalms and readings.

Okay, you know the drill. It's your official weekly chance to ask questions on all things Divine Office. To head off one common inquiry this time of year: use week IV of the psalter for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week. Use it up to the conclusion of the psalms, and then turn to the Proper of Seasons to find what you need for the reading onward. Sts. Cyril and Methodius is an optional memorial tomorrow. It is your choice to skip them and stick with the lenten weekday proper, OR to add in  the elements given for them  in the proper of saints.

Fire away!