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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX Prayers for the health of Lou Ann, apparently having serious complications and loss of blood. Prayers for Amanda, 14, possible scoliosis of the spine and
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 19 5:27 PM
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      Prayers for the health of Lou Ann, apparently having serious complications
      and loss of blood. Prayers for Amanda, 14, possible scoliosis of the spine and
      tests this week, also for her Mom, Deanna, and all their family. Prayers, for
      Rose, 59, leukemia discovered after her spleen was removed and for her two
      sons and all their family. Her first grandchildren are expected in July.
      Prayers for Lorraine, close to death from emphysema, and for Mary, her niece and
      all their family. Prayers, too, for Mary's pet lovebird, losing his feathers
      from chemo. 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 20, June 21, October 21
      Chapter 17: How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at These Hours

      We have already arranged the order of the psalmody
      for the Night and Morning Offices;
      let us now provide for the remaining Hours.


      At Prime let three Psalms be said,
      separately and not under one "Glory be to the Father."
      The hymn of that Hour
      is to follow the verse "Incline unto my aid, O God,"
      before the Psalms begin.
      Upon completion of the three Psalms
      let one lesson be recited,
      then a verse,
      the "Lord, have mercy on us" and the concluding prayers.


      The Offices of Terce, Sext and None
      are to be celebrated in the same order,
      that is:
      the "Incline unto my aid, O God," the hymn proper to each Hour,
      three Psalms, lesson and verse,
      "Lord, have mercy on us" and concluding prayers.


      If the community is a large one,
      let the Psalms be sung with antiphons;
      but if small,
      let them be sung straight through.


      Let the Psalms of the Vesper Office be limited to four,
      with antiphons.
      After these Psalms the lesson is to be recited,
      then the responsory, the hymn, the verse,
      the canticle from the Gospel book,
      the litany, the Lord's Prayer and the concluding prayers.


      Let Compline be limited to the saying of three Psalms,
      which are to be said straight through without antiphon,
      and after them the hymn of that Hour,
      one lesson, a verse, the "Lord, have mercy on us,"
      the blessing and the concluding prayers.

      REFLECTION

      Just as Lauds and Vespers are fraternal twins, at dawn and sunset, so
      are Prime and Compline, before work and before bed. Both are somewhat
      different from the other minor hours, but, like Lauds and Vespers,
      they share a similarity and complementarity of sorts. Prime was
      suppressed in the Roman rite, but not in the Monastic usage. Still,
      in the reshuffling of things, Prime got lost in many, if not most
      houses. (Imagine my delight when I found it still very much alive and
      well in some UK houses! )

      That loss of Prime is too bad, in a way. Just as Compline features many
      things that prepare one for sleep or for the death it prefigures, always a
      possibility, so Prime prepares one for the day at hand, for its work
      and for life. The traditional time given for the celebration of Prime
      was "before work."

      Some older Oblate manuals used to offer the full text of Prime for
      every day, with the other hour being the changeless Compline. That
      made a great deal of sense. Many Oblates who could only dream
      spending morning hours before work or school celebrating Matins and
      Lauds could easily fit Prime into their schedule and its whole
      liturgical slant was to prepare them for and bless their work day
      ahead.

      One reason Prime became such a prayer for one's workday is that, over
      centuries, the minor hour got merged with a lot of stuff that
      ordinarily happened in the Chapter room daily: reading the Rule and
      assigning work. Hence, some of its additions may not have been of the
      purest type, but let us face it, we are an age that rarely insists on
      purism, and chiefly only when it agrees with agendas we already are
      bent on anyway.

      Let me whet your appetite by giving you the two prayers offered at
      the end of Prime, either or both are a great way to begin the day and
      quickly memorized. Just remember, as you say them, to join your heart
      to the thousands and thousands of monastics who said them every day
      before you. They are a very neat connection to our past and to the
      saints of our Order who have gone before us and they easily fit into
      any morning routine. And, by the way, remember to say the Morning
      Offering, too.

      "Lord God Almighty, You have brought us to the beginning of this day.
      Preserve us now by Your power so that in this day we may not fall
      into any sin; rather, that all our words, thoughts and acts may be
      always directed to doing Your justice. We ask this through Jesus
      Christ our Lord. Amen."

      "Lord God, King of heaven and earth, be pleased this day to direct
      and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and bodies, our thoughts,
      words and deeds according to Your law and in obedience to Your
      commandments. Now and forever may we attain salvation and freedom by
      Your help, O Savior of the world, Who lives and reigns forever and
      ever. Amen"

      Enjoy them and use them!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
      _brjeromeleo@..._ (mailto:brjeromeleo@...)
      Petersham, MA




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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for all who mourn them and all their loved ones. Julie, in her 50 s, who died
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 19 7:59 AM
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        Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for all who mourn them and all their loved ones.

        Julie, in her 50's, who died suddenly, and for Alan, her husband.
        Pat, mother of Deacon Bob, who went back to our Lord last week in a
        car accident.

        Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and for all who take care of them:
        Julie, four serious auto-immunediseases, plus primary lymphedema in all four limbs, spends most of her time in treatment and has become terrribly depressed.
        Ricardo, brother of Gigi, whose kidney function is deteriorating,
        and may soon need to go on dialysis.
        Jaime, brother of Alfredo, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
        Nick, the missing fellow we prayed for has a troubling update: his car was found by police, but without him or his possessions. Not a good sign.
        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 20, June 21, October 21
        Chapter 17: How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at These Hours

        We have already arranged the order of the psalmody
        for the Night and Morning Offices;
        let us now provide for the remaining Hours.


        At Prime let three Psalms be said,
        separately and not under one "Glory be to the Father."
        The hymn of that Hour
        is to follow the verse "Incline unto my aid, O God,"
        before the Psalms begin.
        Upon completion of the three Psalms
        let one lesson be recited,
        then a verse,
        the "Lord, have mercy on us" and the concluding prayers.


        The Offices of Terce, Sext and None
        are to be celebrated in the same order,
        that is:
        the "Incline unto my aid, O God," the hymn proper to each Hour,
        three Psalms, lesson and verse,
        "Lord, have mercy on us" and concluding prayers.


        If the community is a large one,
        let the Psalms be sung with antiphons;
        but if small,
        let them be sung straight through.


        Let the Psalms of the Vesper Office be limited to four,
        with antiphons.
        After these Psalms the lesson is to be recited,
        then the responsory, the hymn, the verse,
        the canticle from the Gospel book,
        the litany, the Lord's Prayer and the concluding prayers.


        Let Compline be limited to the saying of three Psalms,
        which are to be said straight through without antiphon,
        and after them the hymn of that Hour,
        one lesson, a verse, the "Lord, have mercy on us,"
        the blessing and the concluding prayers.

        REFLECTION

        Just as Lauds and Vespers are fraternal twins, at dawn and sunset, so
        are Prime and Compline, before work and before bed. Both are somewhat
        different from the other minor hours, but, like Lauds and Vespers,
        they share a similarity and complementarity of sorts. Prime was
        suppressed in the Roman rite, but not in the Monastic usage. Still,
        in the reshuffling of things, Prime got lost in many, if not most
        houses. (Imagine my delight when I found it still very much alive and
        well in some UK houses! )

        That loss of Prime is too bad, in a way. Just as Compline features many
        things that prepare one for sleep or for the death it prefigures, always a
        possibility, so Prime prepares one for the day at hand, for its work
        and for life. The traditional time given for the celebration of Prime
        was "before work."

        Some older Oblate manuals used to offer the full text of Prime for
        every day, with the other hour being the changeless Compline. That
        made a great deal of sense. Many Oblates who could only dream
        spending morning hours before work or school celebrating Matins and
        Lauds could easily fit Prime into their schedule and its whole
        liturgical slant was to prepare them for and bless their work day
        ahead.

        One reason Prime became such a prayer for one's workday is that, over
        centuries, the minor hour got merged with a lot of stuff that
        ordinarily happened in the Chapter room daily: reading the Rule and
        assigning work. Hence, some of its additions may not have been of the
        purest type, but let us face it, we are an age that rarely insists on
        purism, and chiefly only when it agrees with agendas we already are
        bent on anyway.

        Let me whet your appetite by giving you the two prayers offered at
        the end of Prime, either or both are a great way to begin the day and
        quickly memorized. Just remember, as you say them, to join your heart
        to the thousands and thousands of monastics who said them every day
        before you. They are a very neat connection to our past and to the
        saints of our Order who have gone before us and they easily fit into
        any morning routine. And, by the way, remember to say the Morning
        Offering, too.

        "Lord God Almighty, You have brought us to the beginning of this day.
        Preserve us now by Your power so that in this day we may not fall
        into any sin; rather, that all our words, thoughts and acts may be
        always directed to doing Your justice. We ask this through Jesus
        Christ our Lord. Amen."

        "Lord God, King of heaven and earth, be pleased this day to direct
        and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and bodies, our thoughts,
        words and deeds according to Your law and in obedience to Your
        commandments. Now and forever may we attain salvation and freedom by
        Your help, O Savior of the world, Who lives and reigns forever and
        ever. Amen"

        Enjoy them and use them!

        Love and prayers,
        Jerome, OSB
        http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
        Petersham, MA


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