Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gospel Canticle Antiphons & EWTN at last!

Just a little Divine Office factoid you might or might  not have noticed.

The gospel of  each day's mass during lent (and the other  special liturgical seasons) is recalled in the antiphons of the Benedictus and the Magnificat on the same day.  I love this, because on a day that I don't get to mass, these antiphons clue me in on what the day's gospel was about. And if I do get to mass, these antiphons--especially the one in the evening--bring that day's gospel once more to mind.

This also happens--sort of--on Sundays throughout the year. We have a three-year cycle of Sunday readings, so the gospel canticle antiphons from Sunday evening prayer I, morning prayer, and evening prayer II each take a line from the gospel of either year A, B, or C.

OH, and before I forget, tune in to EWTN Bookmark this Sunday or Monday, or again next Thursday. The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours will be featured. This program was taped back in August, and it's been a long wait for me as the EWTN folks reshuffled their schedule several times.  Here's the writeup they did on the latest WINGS newsletter:

Daria Sockey
Everyday Catholic's Guide To The Liturgy Of Hours    

Why we like it:
 Liturgical prayer is catching on! Daria Sockey calls
the Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office), the first cousin of the
Mass.  Doug and Daria's talk at a recent Catholic Marketing
Network convention demystifies this practice of offering prayers
throughout the day which priests, religious, and the laity are
praying right along with you. Find out how "everyday Catholics"
can begin with the help of Daria's book, and the option of online
readings as close as your iPhone.

The take-away: No longer just for those behind monastery walls,
Sockey's book, and her blog, are welcome, accessible entrees into
an ancient prayer practice of the Universal Church. Once begun,
the Liturgy of the Hours is a rhythm of prayer as comforting as
your morning coffee, as encouraging and hard to stop as your
daily exercise routine. 
Buy It Now!


  1. The Mundelein Psalter does something interesting with the Gospel Antiphons during Sundays of Ordinary Time. Rather than listing them as EP I, MP, EP II, they are listed as Year A, Year B, and Year C. So for Year A, I'll just use the Gospel antiphon for Year A for the Gospel Canticles, rather than doing Gospel Antiphon Roulette. Instead of praying only one antiphon out of three that matches the Sunday Gospel, I just use one antiphon three times.

    When I use my Christian Prayer breviary, I automatically use the Mundelein Psalter's system.

    1. Yes Chris, I think Mundelein is on the right track about that. The Roman breviary (edition typico altera 1985) actually has three gospel canticle antiphons for EACH YEAR of the 3 year cycle, so that all three are from the gospel of the current year. My Kenyan breviary has them. We'll look forward to getting that in the USA eventually.

  2. Good to see you on EWTN Bookmark. Thanks for sharing :-) your insights and knowledge. I bought your book last year, started the L of Hours last year. Both electronically and Breviary. Enriching. Why are more lay people praying, you were asked? The thirst that the world can not quench. Why the Liturgy of Hours? Knowledge, accessibility, desire to draw closer to the church.


  3. I saw you earlier on EWTN. I started with the Christian Prayer book and the St. Joseph guide. The brief non-Biblical readings prompted me to delve more deeply and most of their writings are available on Kindle versions for free or very low cost. I have iPhone app and just recently downloaded the Kindle version of the Breviary from Amazon. So much easier to use.

    Something you said this morning about some of the Psalms ... I found some of those "smite my enemy" psalms do wonders for me when I find myself getting really angry at some things I read and see in the news. Very cathartic.

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  6. Thanks for your kind words, everyone. Yes, EWTN arrived later to that event than originally planned, and things were running behind on the day of taping, so poor Doug really had to wing that interview. I was impressed with how he managed.

  7. Good interview! I've been praying the LOTH for a few years now but your book sounds so good I had to buy it! Happy to have found your blog as well! :)

  8. Daria, I am reading your book now. In it you mention that both JPII and BXVI gave Wednesday audience talks on the psalms from the LOTH. I located JPII's book on Amazon from Liturgy Training Publications. What is the name/publisher of the book by BXVI on the psalms from the LOTH?

    1. I think the LTP book is JPII's meditations on the psalms of Morning Prayer. The one on Evening Prayer psalms, which was started by JPII and completed by Benedict XVI, has only appeared to my knowledge in an edition done by the British Catholic Truth Society. Not sure if it is still available, but do a search for Psalms &Canticles - Meditations and Catechesis on the Psalms and Canticles of Evening Prayer, and see what turns up.

    2. Thank you for replying. I think the British CTP edition is out of print and/or very costly. I ordered the LTP book of JPII's talks. I did find in OSV's book entitled "Prayer" of the Wednesday audience talks by Pope Benedict XVI they include about eight talks on the Psalms. That is the best I could find. Thanks again. I'm enjoying and learning from your book.