Holy Rule for Oct. 23
Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal wellbeing of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Carol, seeing doc for a cardiology exam for some problems.
Brittany, not feeeling well, seeing a doctor and hoping she comes out all OK.
a 9 year old girl mistakenly shot with a shotgun by her cousin. She has already had part of her bowel removed but still has at least 30 pellets in her. The doctors don't know if any of them hit her spine yet as the swelling is quite bad. She is being kept under sedation. The family is asking for prayers for both the granddaughter & the cousin.
L. who will be having surgery on Thursday for a prolapsed bladder.
Kelly, newly diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and for his family and friends who care deeply for him.
Gina for whom prayers have been offered in the past, she is being wrongfully charged for child abuse based on lies told by a manipulated child and his very disturbed mother. Please pray the court hears both sides of the story and learns the truth....very stressful time for her and her family.
1-yr old Logan, who is again hospitalized and needs more heart surgery;
Patrick, that he finds employment;
Dee, who has terminal brain cancer;
Earl, who has terminal brain cancer.
Cheryl, that she find suitable fulltime office work.
Page-Ann, mammogram and now awaiting biopsy, and for her husband, Bob.
Edna, family problems.
E and C that they find a really nice place to rent when their house sells where they are both happy. Pray that they successfully follow their budget plan and are debt free within a year.
Deo gratias: Stratford got to walk his daughter down the aisle and even went to the recptions afterwards.
Deo gratias, Judy is coming out of her dpression and even going back to school.
Deo gratias, Susan's pnemonia has abated. Continued prayers for her and Stratford and Judy.
Prayers, please, for the eternal rest of James, on the anniversary of his death,
and for all who mourn him.
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 22, June 23, October 23
Chapter 18: In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said
At Terce, Sext and None on Monday let the nine remaining sections
of Psalm 118 be said,
three at each of these Hours.
Psalm 118 having been completed, therefore, on two days, Sunday and
Monday, let the nine Psalms from Psalm 119 to Psalm 127 be said at
Terce, Sext and None, three at each Hour, beginning with Tuesday.
And let these same Psalms be repeated every day until Sunday at the
same Hours, while the arrangement of hymns, lessons and verses is
kept the same on all days; and thus Prime on Sunday will always
begin with Psalm 118.
Running psalmody, that is, reciting the Psalms in numerical order,
no matter what came next, was a very common ancient monastic
practice. Since one of the principles behind the Psalter was to "get
it all in" in the space of a week, that running psalmody was a
consequence. St. Benedict obviously had some of that on his mind:
he goes from detailed directions about the spacing of the longest
Psalm, 118, right into assigning the next 9 to the minor hours
which are repeated throughout the week from Tuesday to Saturday.
As a result, one could safely say that there is nothing specific to
the time of day as such about these Psalms, but that is not
entirely correct. These nine Psalms from 119-127 are gradual
Psalms, pilgrimage songs. They were sung by the Jews as they were
to Jerusalem. They are filled with the tension of anticipation and
possession of God's Temple and His blessings, they are songs
of "already" and "not yet".
The gradual Psalms are short, compact units, easily memorized.
Read through these Psalms and picture yourself saying
them in a distant field, with the Abbey in view, but far away. Get
the idea? The pilgrim songs that speak of already AND not yet were the
perfect thing for monastics to say in such circumstances.
Jerusalem, the House of God, was both a distant view and a complete
possession, since ALL of the monastery is the House of God.
It is easy, terribly easy, to forget that we live "in the House of
God." We do, all monastics do, Oblates do, everyone does. It IS
God's world. Being reminded of this by those Psalms of journeying
is a great idea. Our feet really are "standing within your gates, O
Jerusalem!" yet we also see it as from a distance. We look from
afar and see that Jerusalem is a city compact, a unity of peace and
order. Who has seen a monastery on a hill and not had similar
Even the accidental end of the sequence (which continues in
Vespers,) has a wonderful application. "Blessed are those who fear
the Lord, who walk in His ways!" It recounts the joys and
protections of a life lived for God and ends with the plea: "On
Israel, peace!" Just
picture yourself saying that at the end of a hard day's work in the
field, looking at back Abbey Church, the safe home of gathered
family and choir. Not shabby!
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.