Podcast; Office for the Dead (for Iran)

As I explain in the podcast, after turning alternative media for lack of MSM coverage, and reading tons of material on Iran, and listening to the president's remarks, and reading Twittered Tweets from people in Iran trying to get information and images out of that country, I was already inclined to pray for the people of Iran. Then, after seeing a few horrific videos, and one awful picture (very graphic, you are warned), I have decided to pray the Office for the Dead, for those losing their … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer, War & Death

Isaiah 2:2-5In days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raise above the hills.All nations shall stream toward it; many peoples shall come and say: "Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths."For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.She shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer, June 10

This morning's Podcast of Morning Prayer is a little different than usual; I added the first "Invitator" psalm, which I usually omit. The Invitatory is usually Psalm 95, the "invitation" to come praise the Lord.I recorded this in the wee small hours of the morning, with the window to my office open, so you may hear some birdsong in the background. Morning prayer as it is meant to be prayed, joining in with the re-awakening Creation! I love the song and chatter of our birds.Podcast.Also, … [Read more...]

Vespers for June 4th

I hope this doesn't sound too very rushed, I wanted to make it available for people to download for the commute home!Here is a podcast of Vespers for June 4th. I sound a little breathy, sorry. … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer for June 3

For the Liturgy of the Hours, here is a podcast of Morning Prayer (aka Lauds), the prayer of pure praise.I'm sure many of you will be pleased to learn that this podcast contains no chanting of any kind, not even for the Canticle, as it was done in the wee small hours, and the throat would not bear it! I spare you, today!As usual, I am reading from the Christian Prayer Breviary, published by the Catholic Book Publishing Company; it is the Breviary most commonly used here in the US, and I … [Read more...]

What is your favorite psalm?

I actually meant to talk about psalms yesterday, but somehow that post, almost from the first word, was taken out of my hands and morphed into this piece on Oblates and Tertiaries, and I've gotten to the point where I just don't fight that sort of stuff anymore.Those who check in from time to time to pray Morning Prayer or Vespers with me in the podcasts know that I consider psalmody a spiritual wellspring for our eternal thirst, and a most perfect reflection of the human condition in all of … [Read more...]

Oblates, Tertiaries, Professed Laypeople

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I was corresponding with a Dominican nun the other day and I joked with her that, although I am a Benedictine Oblate, I am lately finding myself very drawn to Dominican spirituality, likely due to my friendship with her and also because of those those two charismatic and intrepid Dominican nags I have mentioned with some frequency, lately, St. Catherine of Siena and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, both of whom were laypeople, not vowed religious."If you become a Dominican Tertiary, your chances … [Read more...]

Podcast: Vespers for May 13

On this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I like this quote from John Vianney, which I actually used just the other day in this compilation:The Father takes pleasure in looking upon the heart of the most holy Virgin Mary, as the masterpiece of his hands…The Son takes pleasure in it as the heart of his Mother, the source from which he drew the blood that has ransomed us. – St. John Vianney (1786-1859)Here is the Podcast for Vespers. Please pardon my rasp. My voice is still strained. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Vespers for Tuesday May 12

For anyone interested, me and my raspy voice in a podcast of Vespers for the day.If like me, you like a cup of coffee after vespers, the price is going to go up!Why am I not surprised. Well, I splurge to get the world's best coffee, anyway. … [Read more...]

Vespers: "Once there was no mercy for you…"

"You have led me forth from my prison, that I may give praise to your name, alleluia." Second Antiphon for First Vespers in the 5th Sunday of EasterA shorter evening prayer, for a day when the head feels like it is spinning a bit:Antiphon 1: Like the evening offering my hands rise up in prayer to you, O Lord, alleluiaI have called to you, Lord, hasten to help me! Hear my voice when I cry to you Let my prayer arise before you like incense, the raising of my hands like an evening … [Read more...]


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