A blessed feast of Saint Anthony of Padua to all! He is one of my old
Prayers, please, for Lynn, serious cancer, and for her husband. They
are not people of faith and need a lot of prayers just now. Also for
Richard, husband and father who was seriously injured in a motorcycle
accident, and for Rick, very serious lung cancer, and for his wife,
Linda. Thanks so much! God's Will is best! NRN JL
February 12, June 13, October 13
Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time
From Easter until the Calends of November
let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
but no lessons are to be read from the book,
on account of the shortness of the nights.
Instead of those three lessons
let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
and followed by a short responsory.
But all the rest should be done as has been said;
that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
should be said at the Night Office,
not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.
The gentleness of St. Benedict, his considerate thoughtfulness is
again apparent here. Another lesson comes to mind, as well. The
Office is important, but it revolves WITH us to a certain extent. It
is the axis our day turns on, but that axis may be shortened by the
season. There are circumstances under which even the Work of God
itself changes for us.
The message here is very clear. To all prima donnas and divas, of
either sex, who think the Office revolves around their own choral
fantasies, get a life! The Office revolves around the Son and the
sun, and your identity with either remains seriously in doubt. To all
amateur musicians (or even pros with bad manners,) who terrorize
their brothers or sisters in the name of perfectionism, lighten up!
To any of said groups who claim that Benedictinism justifies their
antics, you're dead wrong. It doesn't.
Two quotes I love come to mind. One was from the late Abbot Alfred of
Pluscarden, who said: "The monastery is no place for an amateur
musician." The other is from G. K. Chesterton:
"The artistic temperament is a disease which afflicts amateurs."
Love and prayers,