Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Liturgy of the Hours: The Church’s pattern for the laity’s holiness

Another good one from Angelus by Peter Jesserer Smith:

“I asked myself, ‘Do Catholics have a whole other book that I’m not aware of?’ ” he said, recalling that moment. “But I could tell it was a source of much affection for her.”
Goodnight had prayed for a moment of solace, but this encounter more than seven years ago would introduce him to the Liturgy of the Hours, a constant source of spiritual solace, conversion and strength. The nun told him she was praying with her book on the Liturgy of the Hours, and invited him to join her and other Catholics who had gathered to pray together during the Church’s liturgy called Morning Prayer — not the Mass.

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  1. This was a really good article, and surprisingly thorough in treating different traditions and iterations of the Office within the broader universal fold. Thanks for sharing.

    Unrelated: Michael or Daria, do you know, or at least know of a great source where one might find out, how much of Scripture of Office of Readings' occurring scripture covers?

  2. Tom, that is a very good question. This website by Fr. Felix Just might help:

  3. This page on the Fr. Just website is especially helpful:http://catholic-resources.org/LoH/OfficeOfReadings-Biblical-Index.html since it lists all the biblical readings in canonical order. But I have yet to find anyone who has calculated what percent of the bible we get in the entire LOTH. There are websites that have calculated how much we get from the daily 3-year mass lectionary, which is something like 12 or 13 percent of the whole bible, the largest part being the gospels as 89 percent of those.

  4. Thanks -- very helpful site!

    I know Cranmer's original lectionary for the BCP's Daily Office read all of the OT once, and all the NT three times, each year (!).

    I have no idea how much of Scripture the Revised English Lectionary of 1961, on which the Ordinariate's Office lectionary is based, covers.
    (The 1962 Canadian Prayer Book's similarly-based table of lessons aligns very closely, aside from a few proper calendar adaptations, to the Ordinariate's current lecionary: http://prayerbook.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/The-Table-of-Lessons.pdf -- but it's structured by the Church year, not by canonical order, and it's not "analyzed" in any way.)