Holy Rule for Oct. 21
Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias: Jaylin, 4 months, is eating on his own and will not have to be fed by tube, Naika, sickle cell anemia, is doing well and excited to have turned 13 yesterday. Coninued prayers for both.
Prayers for Susan, COPD/emphysema, who has developed pnuemonia, and for her husband, Donald.
Frank's wife, 80's, for whom we prayed, came through her surgery well and should go home soon. Deo gratias! Continued prayers for her and Frank.
Prayers for Lennie, elderly, in the hospital with pneumonia and a breathing tube also has bad cardiac problems, almost died a few times, and for all his family.
Prayers for mental health professionals and those they take care of, esp. their difficult patients.
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
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
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 Ambrosian hymn, the verse, the canticle from the
Gospel book, the litany, the Lord's Prayer and the concluding
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.
A real short one here. People often ask me about the Benedictine
Office and want to include it in their prayer lives. This chapter
offers a great solution: the Benedictine Psalms of Compline.
They are the same ones every day. You can use them with whatever
format you have for Compline. Many houses, even today, still use
the Psalms mentioned here, and all of them did for most of our
history. The Psalms are 4, When I call...,90(91) He who dwells in
the shelter of the Most High..., and 133(134) O come, bless the
Lord..., the first number being the Septuagint numbering usually
found in older Catholic Bibles and the parenthetical numbering the
Hebrew one found in Protestant Bibles.
Used daily, these Psalms sink quickly into memory. Pretty soon
you'll be able to say Compline with no book. Now that is a great
joy! No books needed. Warm and familiar. Enjoy!!
For any who would like a copy of the 1963 Monastic Diurnal, which
has all the day hours, but not Matins, it has been republished by
Farnborough Abbey, in Latin and English, side by side columns. More
or contact: Brother Bernard 1.505.388.9279 -- Our Lady of Guadalupe
Monastery, New Mexico, USA
Love and prayers,
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Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for al their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Pat, terminal brain cancer, for her happy death.
Deo gratias, David got his contract, prayers for him in his new job.
Debbie , a mother of two young children, just diagnosed with lymphoma leukemia;
Shannon, that she know God's great love for her and be open to his guidance and will;
for financial stability for two persons who are in debt
Andrew, brain cancer, on his 31st birthday.
Lorene, experiencing pains and illness symptoms and worried about results of what this could be. Please pray that she is fine and no disease/illness. Very frightened.
for those still suffering from Hurricane Sandy. May they come out of this tragedy with optimism and find love, peace, health and happiness again.
Paul C. and his family, for God's will to be done.
Prayers for the eternal rest of John F. Kennedy, on the anniversary of his
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
March 23, July 23, November 22
Chapter 43: On Those Who Come Late to the Work of God or to Table
Anyone who does not come to table before the verse,
so that all together may say the verse and the oration
and all sit down to table at the same time --
through his own carelessness or bad habit
does not come on time
shall be corrected for this up to the second time.
If then he does not amend,
he shall not be allowed to share in the common table,
but shall be separated from the company of all
and made to eat alone,
and his portion of wine shall be taken away from him,
until he has made satisfaction and has amended.
And let him suffer a like penalty who is not present
at the verse said after the meal.
OK, before we all get hopelessly mired in the belief that St.
Benedict is REALLY mired in punctuality issues, let's try a parable
reality check. What if every bus (or train or plane or subway,)
waited for the latecomer to arrive? For starters, the schedule of
everyone sitting helpless on that mode of transportation would be
disrupted. Everyone would be late, every single one. Some would miss
work, others a wedding, others still a connection with friends to
leave on vacation. If all public transport followed such a program,
our whole world would be a chaotic mess of very unhappy campers in
Benedictine communities do things together. Usually, that means that
a late arrival at a meal keeps everyone sitting there when already
finished, waiting for the tardy one to eat. (Occasionally a superior
will intervene and end the meal more or less on time, but often that
is not the case. Everybody waits.) This lengthening of the meal then
throws the whole schedule off. The Office cannot suffer, it's times
are inexorable, so what usually gets clipped is free time, recreation
or work. Rob people of these on a regular basis and they can get very
Lateness which is unavoidable is just that, unavoidable. That's a
time when the meal ought to be prolonged, when the others ought to
witness that we "bear one another's burdens" and so fulfill the law
of Christ. Brother X is my brother. I am responsible for a large chunk
of his communal life. If I say that doesn't matter and stroll into
dinner whenever I feel like it, something is terribly wrong with me.
I need to have my skewed vision and values corrected. That's what
this is all about: loving one another rightly.
Much of the Holy Rule which deals with communal life (and is VERY
easy to apply to family life or workplace,) has to do with what should
really be common courtesy and decency. Granted, sometimes those values get
wrapped in ancient language and gesture, making it less easy to see
how simple and modern they are, but those exhortations to polite,
considerate, gentle living are things anyone can follow in any milieu, to great
benefit! Many of those courtesies are threatened or altogether lacking today.
Helping keep them alive may start a conversion in another we will never know
Love and prayers,
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