Note to Ferde: I messed up the Liturgy of the Hours this morning. You know how I was trying to explain to you the order of readings on Saturday morning? Fuggedaboutit! This navigator’s lost! Take the wheel, take the wheel! After posting on today’s second reading, I realized at Mass that it is not today’s second reading.

Father Barnes, in his homily, said that in a way he is sorry when, already on the first Monday of Advent, the Advent readings are interrupted by a feast day. Readings interrupted? Feast day? Something in me woke up, a part of me that apparently had remained in bed when my body went vertical at 3:30 a.m. I had to drive my daughter to the airport at 5 a.m., but not before making a cup of tea and reading the Office, and then posting a brilliant meditation on a pastoral letter of St. Charles Borromeo.

Father Barnes noted how much he loves the Advent readings, and then made a nice segue into St. Andrew—whose heart was open to the appearance of Christ by the Sea of Galilee, just as Simeon’s heart was open to the arrival of the baby Jesus in the temple, just as our hearts can be open too at Advent.

I hustled back to the Liturgy after Mass to find I had overlooked not one but two readings for the feast of St. Andrew, Apostle. I’m sure Ferde has found them already.

I can save that post on St. Charles for next year, when the feast of St. Andrew will not fall on the first Monday in Advent. Meanwhile, I think I have discovered a great new publishing opportunity: The Liturgy of the Hours for Dummies.

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  • From neat stuff interweaved throgh out today's LOTH:"The Lord loved Andrew: he accepted him as a fragrant offering made to God."Wow! Our Lord & King loves all of us in this same manner!Note to self: Today I will strive to be a "fragrant offering", and not the "stinky cheese man" to everyone I interact with today.

  • The Liturgy of the Hours For Dummies…that is funny!Here is a great companion to that and thankfully, it is already published. I call it The Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH for us acronym lovers)for Cheapskates. http://catholicexchange.com/divine-office/

  • Ferde

    Of course I read the proper readings. Always check in with your 'Magnificat' Webster. It's unfailingly accurate. LOTH for Dummies could be huge! Then again, maybe not.

  • Webster Bull

    Frank and Ferde, With friends like these . . . 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I always read the Advent-day reading in the OfcRdgs even on feast days to keep the continuity of the season flowing. So your post wasn't a waste…I enjoyed it (and StChBor) very much.This book also has some great supplemental readings:http://www.augustinianpress.org/word-season-abjr-1d1p.html~Walthttp:guardianoftheredeemer.wordpress.com

  • Webster Bull

    Hey Walt, Thanks!I like to poke fun at myself sometimes. And I have been following "Guardian of the Redeemer" with admiration. It's a really good site.

  • Maria

    I am so grateful that the Divine Office is on-line. I was NEVER able to figure out how to follow a hand held office.

  • Webster Bull

    You are too kind!

  • cathyf

    For those of you who want to be relieved of the job of calculating the correct offices, check out universalis at http://www.universalis.com There are pay versions of the software, but for people with at least a daily connection to the internet, you can use the web site for free.The only real weakness is that the Grail versions of the psalms (which are the ones that are in the official English LOTH) are under copyright, so universalis uses the Jerusalem Bible translations, which are definitely less poetic. On the plus side, there were some very minor and arcane tweaks to the calendar which were made in 1984, and, because of the cost of the printed books, are not reflected in them, while universalis incorporates them.An amusing historical note… The calculation of the date of Easter in an arbitrary year drove an entire branch of mathematics for hundreds of years. (And is still of great interest to programmers in the financial industry because we need to calculate the dates of the Good Friday, Easter Monday and Whitmonday market holidays.) The LOTH algorithms are quite interesting from a programming point of view, and it is no wonder that it is confusing!But, anyway, even if you continue to use the books, a quick gander at universalis will tell you right off if you are on the right page of the book!

  • There is already a "Divine Office for Dodos," so the market for a "Dummies" volume might be a little crowded. That being said, the person who doesn't make a mistake once in a while concerning memorials, feasts and solemnities is someone who is not praying the LOTH regularly – everyone makes this error at some point! Hang in there, and thanks for the blog.

  • Webster Bull

    Hey Cathy and William, Thanks for the tips. Believe me, I need them! 🙂