Triduum Arrives Just in Time for a World in Need

The world needs prayer.Last year, heading into the Triduum, I had a spiritual experience that stayed around. This year, I am thinking how fortunate we are -- in the midst of so much social and political chaos -- once again within the Easter Triduum, a time of great spiritual power.Let us pray together the Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer).And here are the liturgical prayers for Good FridayThings are about to get quiet around here, for a little while. Just until the time when … [Read more...]

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Missing the Advent Beauty that Used to be Catholicism – UPDATED

Part of what makes Patheos so interesting is this: it's a place where you can find a progressive female Christian minister write so exquisitely about a Lutheran Advent Vespers as to make a Catholic's soul lurch in holy envy:In those soft evenings, the quiet of late December surrounded me – but my life itself was loud. I did not know how much I needed to settle for 45 minutes into song and silence and hear someone sing about the angel Gabriel and Mary. The first time I heard, "you have cast … [Read more...]

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Vespers for Sept 30

Wow, this was kind of a fun Office, tonight, on this feast of the curmudgeonly St. Jerome - the psalms really spoke to the day, even down to the prayer for our legislators in the final intercessions.The podcast is here, and it contains all the page directives for the Breviary. As usual I'm using the breviary shown below; I love the translations, and this is the most commonly used of the breviaries for the Liturgy of the Hours.Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, another Doctor … [Read more...]

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