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4357Holy Rule for Oct. 23

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    Oct 22, 2013
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      Prayers for the repose of the soul of Lee Bandy, and for all his family and all who mourn him.
      Prayers for the following:
      Guw Shora's sister, a widow with two children who needs a very expensive operation for intestinal cancer.
      Cathy, She is preparing for a bone marrow transplant. This could very well be her last chance for any kind of recovery. Also, for her current health situation all of the prep work and the transplant are considered life threatening.
      Jamie and her newborn son, not yet named, but weighing just 1 lb 12 oz. Both are in ICU after a difficult premature delivery. Many prayers needed here, for Jamie, her son and husband and family.
      Lloyd, who has died, for his children, many old friends and all who mourn him.
      Jane, who has died, also leaving many good friends.
      Lord, help us all as You know and will. God's will is best. All is mercy and
      grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so much. JL

      February 22, June 23, October 23
      Chapter 18: In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said
      At Terce, Sext and None on Monday let the nine remaining sections
      of Psalm 118 be said,
      three at each of these Hours.

      Psalm 118 having been completed, therefore, on two days, Sunday and
      Monday, let the nine Psalms from Psalm 119 to Psalm 127 be said at
      Terce, Sext and None, three at each Hour, beginning with Tuesday.
      And let these same Psalms be repeated every day until Sunday at the
      same Hours, while the arrangement of hymns, lessons and verses is
      kept the same on all days; and thus Prime on Sunday will always
      begin with Psalm 118.


      Running psalmody, that is, reciting the Psalms in numerical order,
      no matter what came next, was a very common ancient monastic
      practice. Since one of the principles behind the Psalter was to "get
      it all in" in the space of a week, that running psalmody was a
      consequence. St. Benedict obviously had some of that on his mind:
      he goes from detailed directions about the spacing of the longest
      Psalm, 118, right into assigning the next 9 to the minor hours
      which are repeated throughout the week from Tuesday to Saturday.

      As a result, one could safely say that there is nothing specific to
      the time of day as such about these Psalms, but that is not
      entirely correct. These nine Psalms from 119-127 are gradual
      Psalms, pilgrimage songs. They were sung by the Jews as they were
      going up
      to Jerusalem. They are filled with the tension of anticipation and
      possession of God's Temple and His blessings, they are songs
      of "already" and "not yet".

      The gradual Psalms are short, compact units, easily memorized.
      Read through these Psalms and picture yourself saying
      them in a distant field, with the Abbey in view, but far away. Get
      the idea? The pilgrim songs that speak of already AND not yet were the
      perfect thing for monastics to say in such circumstances.
      Jerusalem, the House of God, was both a distant view and a complete
      possession, since ALL of the monastery is the House of God.

      It is easy, terribly easy, to forget that we live "in the House of
      God." We do, all monastics do, Oblates do, everyone does. It IS
      God's world. Being reminded of this by those Psalms of journeying
      is a great idea. Our feet really are "standing within your gates, O
      Jerusalem!" yet we also see it as from a distance. We look from
      afar and see that Jerusalem is a city compact, a unity of peace and
      order. Who has seen a monastery on a hill and not had similar

      Even the accidental end of the sequence (which continues in
      Vespers,) has a wonderful application. "Blessed are those who fear
      the Lord, who walk in His ways!" It recounts the joys and
      protections of a life lived for God and ends with the plea: "On
      Israel, peace!" Just
      picture yourself saying that at the end of a hard day's work in the
      field, looking at back Abbey Church, the safe home of gathered
      family and choir. Not shabby!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB

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