Vespers & a "Homiliette"

My Li'l Bro Thom suggested that I try adding a little "homiliette" - for lack of a better word - at the end of Vespers, so, here is vespers-with-homiliette for today.I have no idea if it's any good or worth doing again, but I can tell you that I made a silly mistake in saying I wanted to "stick with vespers and vesper antiphons"...I meant, I wanted to stick with Advent, of course.Since we started off with Verse two of O Come Divine Messiah, here are the words:O Christ, whom nations … [Read more...]

More distant than any star

The self is more distant than any star... -- G. K. ChestertonOver at Inside Catholic, Irene Lagan has a moving post; through conversation with a nun in Rome, she finds herself thinking of a remarkable young woman from Rwanda:Our conversation recalled an experience I had last year when I met Immaculee Ilibagiza. Immaculée is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, an account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide...I realized that Immaculée’s message is tim … [Read more...]

A Better Podcast

So, I opened my email today and found a very nice note from a fella who is about to put me out of the Liturgy-of-the-Hours podcasting business, because while I'm doing pretend podcasts using my Rosetta Stone mic, he's put together a very impressive site full of professional-sounding podcasts of Morning Pprayer, the Office of Readings, Vespers, etc, etc - with full hymns, and a true "community" feel with men and women reciting the office dexter/sinister as it should be done.Not a lot of … [Read more...]

Vespers for Advent Dec 2 (& prayer requests)

Well, for better or worse, here is the podcast for tonight's Vespers.Sorry about the shoddy recording; new equipment still not in the budget. I keep saving for it and then spending the savings on car repair!As I listened to the playback, I realized I could not understand what I was singing, and I knew the words! So, here is verse one of "O Come Divine Messiah"O Come Divine Messiah; the world in silence waits the day when hope shall sing its triumph and sadness flee away.Dear Savior … [Read more...]

Advent Podcast; Morning Prayer

Am I not pathetic, though? Just in time for your lunch I present to you...Morning Prayer!Well, it's still morning in California, and this is the beauty of liturgical prayer - it's always an appropriate time for a particular prayer, somewhere!A thought I had while I was reading the psalms: Do you remember the old game show, "Password," hosted by Alan Ludden? While the celeb gamesters and contestants would look at their cards the announcer would murmur to the folks at home, "the password is … [Read more...]

Vespers for 1st Monday in Advent

"Advent" does not mean "expectation" as some may think. It is a translation of the Greek word parousia, which means "presence" or, more accurately, "arrival," i.e. the beginning of a presence. In antiquity the word was a technical term for the presence of a king or ruler and also of the god being worshipped, who bestows his parousia upon his devotees for a time. "Advent", then, means a presence begun, the presence being that of God. -- Pope Benedict XVI, Dogma and Preaching (from the … [Read more...]