Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Breviary Sighting in hands of Curt Jester!

Well, actually it's an iPad with the Universalis app.

In this ongoing series, "How I Pray" , Thomas McDonald interviews fellow bloggers about their spiritual habits. In this installment, he speaks with Jeff Miller, a.k.a. The Curt Jester. If you visit Jeff's blog, make sure to click the wacky Rome Depot tab.

But first, Read the interview. Not only will you  feel affirmed in your Divine Offishness by this account of a celebrity blogger who does Office of Readings, Lauds, and Vespers every day, but you will also enjoy (and maybe, like me, identify with) his remarks on distraction in prayer, such as:

"Sometimes I think I should just try to set aside some time to be distracted and then prayer will intrude."

and, on Rosary: 
"Fifteen to twenty minutes of distracted prayer sometimes punctuated with actual meditation."

 Please use today's post for Q&A time--any questions you have about using the breviary, breviary app, choosing the day's prayers, rubics, or whatnot. Fire away.

Welcome, new Coffee&Canticles follower Thomas! I hope our little community here supports, and encourages your love for the Liturgy of the Hours.

Wishing all readers in the USA  a Happy Thanksgiving (and safe driving).  To the rest of you, a pleasant week and a heart ready to begin the holy season of Advent this weekend.


  1. For solemnities is Sunday of week 1 used? I noticed last sunday that ibreviary and divineoffice.org both used that psalmody even though it should have been Sunday of week 2. (or should it have?)

    Also, would this be true for solemnities that fall on weekdays?

    1. Oh! Oh! I can answer this! :-D

      Yes - Sunday of Week I is used for both Solemnities and Feasts, whether on a weekday or a Sunday.

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  3. "Sometimes I think I should just try to set aside some time to be distracted and then prayer will intrude."

    Great quote! I know that feeling.

    Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for this blog!

  4. The instructions in the Ordinary state that for memorials the psalms unless there are proper ones are taken from the psalter. Is that always the case? Why then in the Proper of Saints for memorials does it direct you to the Commons with the instructions sometimes using the words 'except for the following'. What does the word 'except' indicate? Does it mean you use everything from the Commons except for what is in the Proper of Saints?