Holy Rule for Oct. 19
Prayers, please, for the eternal rest of the following, for all their loved ones and all who mourn them:
Diana, a benefactor of her church who died Saturday.
Dom Dunstan Watkins, OSB, 92, of Ealing Abbey, and for all his Community, too.
Prayers for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Genny that Echo tests to determine the progression of a leaking heart valve shows no change.
A woman who is suffering mentally from memories of bad things that happened to her years ago. She can't seem to stop thinking about them and keeps mulling them over and over in her mind and keeping the pain alive. She can't seem to let go of the pain and is being tormented by the memories. She needs professional help but is in denial about it.
Bro. Ambrose, who has a serious infection and may not have long to live.
Deo gratias and prayers of thanks, that the Oratory of St. Philip Neri with open a Church near Manchester in England, after many prayers for that.
Lisa, having a mass biopsied.
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 muh. JL
February 18, June 19, October 19
Chapter 15: At What Times "Alleluia" Is to Be Said
From holy Easter until Pentecost without interruption
let "Alleluia" be said both in the Psalms and in the responsories.
From Pentecost to the beginning of Lent let it be said every night
with the last six Psalms of the Night Office only. On every Sunday,
however, outside of Lent, the canticles, the Morning Office, Prime,
Terce, Sext and None shall be said with "Alleluia," but Vespers
The responsories are never to be said with "Alleluia" except from
Easter to Pentecost.
It is not uncommon for me to get posts asking how on earth I can
say "God's will is best." after recounting some litany of horrible
things which have befallen people in need of our prayers. Well, now
I up the ante a bit and add the equivalent of "Alleluia!" , "praise
Him!" to each post.
In every instance, even when it is all we can do to choke it out,
gritting our teeth, we must always say Alleluia. God must always be
praised, always, even when we cannot see goodness anywhere else at
all, it *IS* in Him and must be acknowledged. I fully expect
that, before long, new subscribers who have not seen this post will
begin to write and ask me how and who I can say Alleluia after
metastatic cancer and the like. Guess I'll have to save an answer in
We can see here that, in the West, already by St. Benedict's
time, "Alleluia" became a happy word of celebration, the use of
which was proscribed in somber times like Lent. That didn't happen
in the East. They go merrily along with Alleluia, even in the
depths of Lent. There might be a lot more sense to that, actually.
"Alleluia" means "Praise the Lord!" I know we have taken it to mean
something a lot more like "Whoopee!", but it doesn't. I bow to St.
Benedict and Western tradition in the liturgical use. In our
hearts, however, there should be an "Alleluia/praise the Lord" at
all times and seasons. "Praise the Lord anyhow!" the charismatics used to say
when something dreadful or unlovely happened to one. How true, how
I have not had the
crosses of many, but I have had heavy, tailor-made ones of my own.
Getting diagnosed HIV+ two years before I became a monk comes to mind, as does
living with it for over 20 years. So does depression, which just
about equals it, and I was depressed LONG before I had HIV.
I was not always very graceful about that, nor about many a
heartbreak, but I do know and I can honestly say that God's will HAS
been best, always best. My 20/20 hindsight must, though grudgingly
at times, fully own that Alleluia was appropriate at every point,
in every instance.
Saying that does not mean that I can no longer be terrified at this
or that prospect. I can. We all can. Jesus was in Gethsemane. It is
a very human fear, and God finds our humanity, in which He sees His
Son, very fetching. So don't freak out if you still get scared, it
is part and parcel of our human condition. But even then, we must train
ourselves to praise!
In every heartbreak, in every despair, in every grief we must
ardently cling to our faith that God is merciful and good. We must
see that when we feel unable to see it. We must, by faith and sheer
will, affirm that the Lord must be praised at all times. He is not
mean. Whatever is bleak shall never, ever lack His tender,
caressing hand behind it, no matter how unseen to us. It is there.
He is there. Always! Praise the Lord! ALLELUIA!
Love and prayers,
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Matt and Bettie are celebrating 22 years of marriage, not 201 as they awful typo reads. I thought it was 21 years, but Matt kindly corrected my mistake.