Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weekly Q&A, in the Fullness of Time

Just one of those little things that jump out at you when you read the Liturgy of the Hours. Something you've seen a million times suddenly hits you with new meaning.

Yesterday evening, it was that phrase , "in the fullness of time" in the canticle from Ephesians 1: 3-10. It's literal meaning: in the plan of salvation, God does everything at just the right moment, when the time is ripe, when the world is ready. This applies to the Incarnation, the Birth of Jesus, His death for our salvation. It also applies to the ongoing work of salvation, and the culmination of all things, when He returns and this present world is brought to an end. In the fullness of time. Not at the time when I think it should happen, not at the time when televangelists poring over the book of Revelation say it will happen. It will happen in God's good time, and that will be the perfect time.  

We should find that immensely consoling. No need to fret about whether we are in the Last Days, and whether this or that prophecy from this or that apparition applies to our lifetime or ten lifetimes from now.

By extension to the moral sense, that is, how this applies to me personally: all the workings of grace in our own little lives will also occur in the fullness of time. As God wills, when God wills. Also immensely consoling.

That's what jumped out at me yesterday. Has anything in your daily liturgical prayer jumped out at you lately?  Feel free to share that, AND/OR to ask any questions about the Liturgy of the Hours: how to say it properly, why to do it at all, etc.   Whatever is on your mind about the breviary is a fitting subject for the comments below.

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  1. I have a question regarding iBreviary. Is the content equivalent to a printed edition of the official English breviary? In other words, is there anything missing or translated differently due to any copyright restrictions, etc.

    I guess I'm looking for reassurance that using iBreviary is part of the official prayer of the Church, and that I'm not missing out on anything compared to a printed breviary.

    And I have a similar question related to the hymns. I've noticed the daily hymns on iBreviary do not always match the hymn on DivineOffice.org. Are there just different options for selecting the hymn? Or should there be a specific hymn that should be used?

    Thanks for the help! I love your blog and appreciate the work you do to make the breviary more accessible to the laity.

    1. Yes, ibreviary is the genuine Liturgy of the Hours. It has the same prayers, in the same translation, as are in the approved breviary. In fact, I have heard that it is the first app to receive Vatican approval. That being said, the good people who administer ibreviary and post the prayers for each day are only human, and a couple times a year they make a mistake and put the wrong day's prayers for one or more of the hours. However--they are also very responsive, and if you email them to let them know what's wrong, they will fix it right away. As to the hymns--although there are official hymns that go with the breviary (by official I mean that they appear in the Latin texts of the Liturgiam Horarium and have been the traditional hymns for many years) the General Instructions also permits the substitution of other suitable hymns. That is why you will see variation between what appears in your printed breviary and what appears on the various online breviaries.

  2. I started a year long Ignatius retreat last September. My prayer was limited so I put the DO aside. When things got tough I would pick it up again. I am finding it is a limb of my body that is very much missed. Through this time my dear friend Cathy came down with bone cancer. It has been very difficult and yet she is an amazing gal. What popped out for me and clarified what I was feeling, going through and struggling with was a crisis of faith. When I prayed with Matt 26:31, this night all of you will have your faith in Me shaken, I thought no this cant be, but its exactly what it was. To read scripture and have it come so alive is what help me to be formed by the way the liturgy of the hours helps in our prayer lives. This formation was so helpful to me in entering into the Ignatian retreat. The DO reminds how wise holy mother church truly is. Thanks for your posts and blog Saris!