Loving the Liturgy of the Hours
LOLHe was being generous with it here in Upstate (the lake effect snow belt of) NY!It made me laugh a bit too... praying that while the snow was coming down hard, the power was out, and I was using a lamp plugged into the UPS to read by.
Dia dhaoibh / God be with all of yeA while back, Daria, there was posted on your blog a comment about how to promote the LOTH..Well recently at our church, I asked our pastor and deacon to consider an Evening Prayer Service on the first Sunday of Advent...Both were open, but one was concerned nobody would come - a real concern I guess - though as I said I would be there, you would be there, pastor has said he would be there, buit I now his meaning - God forgive my facetiousness.Anyway, one of them did not want to scare away people with a full breviary service, so I adapted an advent prayer service. We are promoting it like a mini twi-light retreat. We have included use of candles, two hymns (opening and closing), magnificat - to a simple chant tone from mundelein psalter, prayers, and blessing at end.It seems we may just do the one on the first sunday and see how it goes. We will recite the psalm in monastic style.Anyway, pray please all goes well, as I would like to see a more regular Sunday Vespers perhaps during Lent.Slan agus beannachtaiTom
Tom, your plans for Advent vespers sound lovely. I hope you get a good turnout. You'll have to give me the translation of Slan agus beannachtai. And perhaps the pronunciation as well, although I suppose there's something on the internet that will help me out.
I've always wondered why EWTN doesn't broadcast the Liturgy of the Hours. That would be a worthy project in my opinion.
That would be a great idea. I mean, they broadcast the Mass, but when you watch that from home you don't get the benefit of attending mass. But if you joined in the LOTH it's a different story.
Years ago when EWTN was just getting started they did broadcast the LOTH from Washington, DC nd the Dominicans prayed the office. They televised Lauds and Vespers. Of course now with more laity praying the office it may be something EWTN could revisit.Lenny
EWTN could do parishes a great service by broadcasting the LotH twice a day, being prayed in a straightforward manner that is do-able in parishes: nothing stripped down or reworked, and no tacky background music or computer graphics. The actual LotH for the day, as given. Just show everyone how it's done. Scott Knitter
Let's petition EWTN.
I agree, and think it would be a great service too if EWTN had some shows explaining the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. And if they could get some laity talking about the LotH and not just the clergy and religious, that might help a lot too. There are tons of programs on various devotions, but nothing much on liturgy other than the Mass. I think if there was some education on the beauty of our liturgies, it could do a lot of good.
Tremendous suggestions - whatever I can do to help
Daria, from the photo, I was wondering how much more snow there is in your back yard? In Santiago we are cooking in the 85f.Could you post a photo update please?
Norman, I was on the edge of this particular stormbelt, and only got about 4 inches. Although 2 hours northeast of me in Buffalo they got 4 feet. More remarkable here than the snow was the temperatures--in single digits the last few days, when only last Tuesday it was 68F. The sharp drop is what made this so miserable. But it should be back to near 50F by the weekend. I generally like winter, but right now Santiago sounds very attractive.