Posted by: ioannespaulus | July 27, 2009

Notes from the Why & How to Pray the Divine Office Workshop

Hello everybody!

Here are the notes which you are waiting for. Probably the most precious one will be this:

Guide on which page to turn to for this week

The page numbering is following the “Everyday Prayer” edition of the Divine Office. I hope this will prove to be a useful guide. I will make the guide for the next 2-3 weeks so that you have a kind of an aid to help you.

The following are the notes which were given out during the class:

*new* Table of Reference: Where to flip on different occasions

Cheat Sheet: When to pray what during Seasons and Feasts

Cheat Sheet: How to Pray the Different Hours

Prayer During the Day Booklet – Hymns, Antiphons, and Psalms for Terce, Sext, and None

What Does Vatican II Say?

Some points that I forgot to add:

After Vatican 2, you can say Matins (Office of Readings) at any time of the day. Of course, it would lose its nature as a vigil hour, but that’s not too bad. What’s more important would be that, hopefully, you find yourself sanctified by it.

Also, after Vatican 2, certain groups of people are allowed to say either Terce, Sext, or None, instead of saying all three. This is why the Everyday Prayer edition only contains the hour of Sext (Mid-day Prayer). Nonetheless, it can be very ediying to say ALL three of the day hours – if you can.

Also, in the praying of the Divine Office, please do not neglect your spiritual life. Things like Mental Prayer, the Rosary, and especially, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are important. Please do not presume that now that you’re saying 1-7 of the Hours means you are on the road to Sainthood, and you can let drop these other norms of piety. The Divine Office is a means towards your sanctification, and growing closer to God, it’s not the final end.

May you have a fruitful time praying the Divine Office!


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