Prayers, please, for the health of Glenna, who is having a biopsy on
Friday. God's will be done. Thanks, NRN JL
February 24, June 25, October 25
Chapter 18: In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said
The order of psalmody for the day Hours being thus arranged,
let all the remaining Psalms be equally distributed
among the seven Night Offices
by dividing the longer Psalms among them
and assigning twelve Psalms to each night.
We strongly recommend, however,
that if this distribution of the Psalms is displeasing to anyone,
she should arrange them otherwise,
in whatever way she considers better,
but taking care in any case
that the Psalter with its full number of 150 Psalms
be chanted every week
and begun again every Sunday at the Night Office.
For those monastics show themselves too lazy
in the service to which they are vowed,
who chant less than the Psalter with the customary canticles
in the course of a week,
whereas we read that our holy Fathers
strenuously fulfilled that task in a single day.
May we, lukewarm that we are, perform it at least in a whole week!
Please read that last paragraph over slowly and carefully. Please
note the condition it gives for rearranging the Psalms. That is the
root of my feeling- my own opinion- that we have often failed the
Rule in revising the Office. I am well aware that my position is
unpopular, that mine is a minority voice. Ah, but minority voices can
sometimes be such sacred cows! Sometimes, but not always.
I honestly feel that the pluralism which we espouse does not address
itself only to accrediting those who agree that all we have done is
splendid in one degree or another. I honestly believe that pluralism
entitles me to feel the that the emperor is occasionally naked, even
to say so. The very people who struggled to gain that pluralism, who
taught me to question the status quo, often take questions of the
status quo that they produced with jaundiced eyes. I can't see the
logic there. I hope I never can.
Love and prayers,
jeromeleo@... St. Mary's Monastery Petersham, MA