Monday, November 3, 2014

Recent Divine Office News + Q&A

I've been going through a long list of bookmarked articles dating back to August, and feeling bad it took me this long. So I'll be sharing a piece of news, information, or inspiration every day for the next few days.  

And do consider every one of these to also be a Q&A post, just in case there is something confusing  you about the Liturgy of the Hours.

Welcome recently new blog followers Glen and Brian, and anyone else who has added Coffee and Canticles to their readers.

"Compassion is preferable to cleanliness. Reflect that with a little soap I can easily clean my bed covers, but even with a torrent of tears I would never wash from my soul the stain that my harshness toward the unfortunate would create." ~St. Martin of Porres
And I can't let November 3rd go by without mentioning St. Martin de Porres. He had such a humble,loving  heart, and he liked small rodents such as rats.   I happen to share one of these characteristics with him, and pray to him to obtain for me the other.
Now for some of those bookmarked articles. The Liturgy of the Hours and its upcoming revised translation will be on the agenda at the upcoming US Bishops meeting next week. The particular action items are two. The supplement with new prayers for saints canonized since 1984 will be considered and, I imagine, voted on.  Also, the Revised Grail Psalms (which we've often talked about here before) might be revised a teeny bit more before they are approved for the American breivary. The article I'm referencing says that under discussion will be:
 Modifications to the Revised Grail Psalms, originally approved in 2010 by the Vatican. The USCCB Committee on Divine Worship recommended improving the translation and its “sprung rhythm” to make proclamation and singing easier.
I would give a substantial bribe-- in the form of mass and rosary intentions for the provider-- to see the draft text of the proposed improvements. Does anyone out there have access? 


  1. OK...this is my THIRD attempt to post this, so hopefully this one will be successful. :-D

    This is a quick question to clarify the relative precedence of Sundays, Feasts, and Solemnities. In this case, I *think* I know the correct answer and just want to confirm.

    This year, the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist was on Sat., Oct. 18. Because this was a Feast, my understanding from both your book and p. 37 of the single-volume Christian Prayer is that Sunday Evening Prayer I supercedes Evening Prayer II from the Feast.

    However, if it had been the SOLEMNITY of St. Luke the Evangelist, Evening Prayer II from the Solemnity would have taken precedence over Evening Prayer I from Sunday.

    Is this correct?

    1. Yes, you've got it. Solemnities override Sundays. Sorry it was hard to post. I have no control over the workings of Blogger. One thing I have learned is that if I'm writing something of any length, to write it on my word processor first, then cut and paste it to the blog--otherwise I might lose it all if the server hiccups.

    2. Thanks!

      Actually - both my unsuccessful attempts to post were totally my fault, no fault to Blogger, in this case.

  2. Hi, Daria -

    Another quick question for you. Paragraph 99 of the GILH gives guidelines for praying the Office of Readings along with other hours (i.e., Morning or Evening). However, what if because of time constraints, it becomes necessary to pray other hours at the same time, such as Morning with Daytime, Daytime with Evening, or Evening with Night. Are there guidelines for doing this? Should I follow the guidelines from paragraph 99? Should I pray them separately in their entirety (which is what I frequently do, when this is necessary)?

    Inquiring minds want to know!


    1. Since there does not seem to be any other instruction on combining hours other than #99, I do the same thing (one hymn, one concluding prayer, one final sign of the cross) when I combine any other two hours. This happens with me regularly with evening prayer and night prayer, and occasionally with daytime prayer and evening prayer.