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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Continued prayers for Linda, recovering after her surgery yesterday with no apparent cancer. Deo gratias!! God s will is best. All is mercy and grace. God
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 18, 2004
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      Continued prayers for Linda, recovering after her surgery yesterday with no apparent cancer. Deo gratias!! God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much! JL

      February 17, June 18, October 18
      Chapter 14: How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the
      Saints

      On the feasts of Saints and on all festivals
      let the Office be performed
      as we have prescribed for Sundays,
      except that the Psalms, the antiphons and the lessons
      belonging to that particular day are to be said.
      Their number, however, shall remain as we have specified above.

      REFLECTION

      Every love life needs a bit of variety now and then, even the
      monogamous ones, even the celibate ones, and, let us face it, our
      prayer is (or ought to be!) a love life. Without marking certain days
      as special, our Office would quickly become a bland and tedious bore.
      On the other hand, mark too much as special and people soon get worn
      out. Variety itself becomes boring and a chore. What sane married
      couple would insist on spending every night in a different motel? One
      or both would quickly tire of that and it would destroy the very
      unity it was aiming to protect.

      Having lived in a monastery for part of the 1960's and 70's where the
      liturgy became the sad equivalent of a revolving door, changing often
      and not often well, I can speak from experience. It became dreadful
      to wonder what would happen next. It pulled out the necessary
      underpinnings of a certain stability (gasp!) and changelessness that
      a Benedictine life of prayer requires.

      Ah, but in the quest for simplicity carried to unfortunate extremes,
      it did, at times, become UTTERLY changeless. Same old same old, every
      single day with nothing different but the prayer at the end, if that.
      ("Oh boy, it must be Tuesday again....!") No antiphons, just psalms
      and canticles. No music other than the hymn, same seven each week for
      each hour, a few good, many bad.... No Glory be between Psalms, just
      one at the end. It was dull and gave even more of an impression
      of "let's just get this over with" than the old Office did at its
      very worst. One often wondered why we still bothered to go to choir.

      A balance between variety and stability is where the virtue truly
      lies. I have never heard anyone complain about singing or saying the
      same unchanging parts of the Mass every day, because they are set in
      the midst of elements that DO change every day. The same must be true
      of the Office to a certain extent. When SO much changes at feasts
      that one longs and pines for a weekday with one book and NOTHING
      special, that balance has been missed. On the other hand, the
      changeless mundane misses the balance as well. One should never have
      to come out of a "simple" Office and think quietly: "Wow, that was
      dumb...." (But I often have.)

      St. Benedict built the necessary change right into his Office for
      monasteries. Ignore his bottom line or extend it unduly and you get
      into trouble. In this instance, as in so many, he was far wiser than
      we are, than people of any age are.

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers, please, for the repose of the souls of Lillian, Erma and George, and for all who mourn them. Prayers for vocations to St. Mary s Monastery, and
      Message 2 of 4 , Jun 18, 2005
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        Prayers, please, for the repose of the souls of Lillian, Erma and George, and for all who mourn them. Prayers for vocations to St. Mary's Monastery, and all our monasteries. Prayers, too, for all agnostics and those whose faith is weakened or tested. Prayers for someone preparing an important sermon, for God's words to come shining through. Prayers of thanks, Deo gratias and blessings for Ellie, who donated some badly needed new pillows and such to the guesthouse! Lord, help them 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 17, June 18, October 18
        Chapter 14: How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the
        Saints

        On the feasts of Saints and on all festivals
        let the Office be performed
        as we have prescribed for Sundays,
        except that the Psalms, the antiphons and the lessons
        belonging to that particular day are to be said.
        Their number, however, shall remain as we have specified above.

        REFLECTION

        Every love life needs a bit of variety now and then, even the
        monogamous ones, even the celibate ones, and, let us face it, our
        prayer is (or ought to be!) a love life. Without marking certain days
        as special, our Office would quickly become a bland and tedious bore.
        On the other hand, mark too much as special and people soon get worn
        out. Variety itself becomes boring and a chore. What sane married
        couple would insist on spending every night in a different motel? One
        or both would quickly tire of that and it would destroy the very
        unity it was aiming to protect.

        Having lived in a monastery for part of the 1960's and 70's where the
        liturgy became the sad equivalent of a revolving door, changing often
        and not often well, I can speak from experience. It became dreadful
        to wonder what would happen next. It pulled out the necessary
        underpinnings of a certain stability (gasp!) and changelessness that
        a Benedictine life of prayer requires.

        Ah, but in the quest for simplicity carried to unfortunate extremes,
        it did, at times, become UTTERLY changeless. Same old same old, every
        single day with nothing different but the prayer at the end, if that.
        ("Oh boy, it must be Tuesday again....!") No antiphons, just psalms
        and canticles. No music other than the hymn, same seven each week for
        each hour, a few good, many bad.... No Glory be between Psalms, just
        one at the end. It was dull and gave even more of an impression
        of "let's just get this over with" than the old Office did at its
        very worst. One often wondered why we still bothered to go to choir.

        A balance between variety and stability is where the virtue truly
        lies. I have never heard anyone complain about singing or saying the
        same unchanging parts of the Mass every day, because they are set in
        the midst of elements that DO change every day. The same must be true
        of the Office to a certain extent. When SO much changes at feasts
        that one longs and pines for a weekday with one book and NOTHING
        special, that balance has been missed. On the other hand, the
        changeless mundane misses the balance as well. One should never have
        to come out of a "simple" Office and think quietly: "Wow, that was
        dumb...." (But I often have.)

        St. Benedict built the necessary change right into his Office for
        monasteries. Ignore his bottom line or extend it unduly and you get
        into trouble. In this instance, as in so many, he was far wiser than
        we are, than people of any age are.

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

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      • Jerry Lee
        +PAX Prayers, please, for the repose of the souls of Lillian, Erma and George, and for all who mourn them. Prayers for vocations to St. Mary s Monastery, and
        Message 3 of 4 , Jun 18, 2005
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          Prayers, please, for the repose of the souls of Lillian, Erma and George, and for all who mourn them. Prayers for vocations to St. Mary's Monastery, and all our monasteries. Prayers, too, for all agnostics and those whose faith is weakened or tested. Prayers for someone preparing an important sermon, for God's words to come shining through. Prayers of thanks, Deo gratias and blessings for Ellie, who donated some badly needed new pillows and such to the guesthouse! Lord, help them 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 17, June 18, October 18
          Chapter 14: How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the
          Saints

          On the feasts of Saints and on all festivals
          let the Office be performed
          as we have prescribed for Sundays,
          except that the Psalms, the antiphons and the lessons
          belonging to that particular day are to be said.
          Their number, however, shall remain as we have specified above.

          REFLECTION

          Every love life needs a bit of variety now and then, even the
          monogamous ones, even the celibate ones, and, let us face it, our
          prayer is (or ought to be!) a love life. Without marking certain days
          as special, our Office would quickly become a bland and tedious bore.
          On the other hand, mark too much as special and people soon get worn
          out. Variety itself becomes boring and a chore. What sane married
          couple would insist on spending every night in a different motel? One
          or both would quickly tire of that and it would destroy the very
          unity it was aiming to protect.

          Having lived in a monastery for part of the 1960's and 70's where the
          liturgy became the sad equivalent of a revolving door, changing often
          and not often well, I can speak from experience. It became dreadful
          to wonder what would happen next. It pulled out the necessary
          underpinnings of a certain stability (gasp!) and changelessness that
          a Benedictine life of prayer requires.

          Ah, but in the quest for simplicity carried to unfortunate extremes,
          it did, at times, become UTTERLY changeless. Same old same old, every
          single day with nothing different but the prayer at the end, if that.
          ("Oh boy, it must be Tuesday again....!") No antiphons, just psalms
          and canticles. No music other than the hymn, same seven each week for
          each hour, a few good, many bad.... No Glory be between Psalms, just
          one at the end. It was dull and gave even more of an impression
          of "let's just get this over with" than the old Office did at its
          very worst. One often wondered why we still bothered to go to choir.

          A balance between variety and stability is where the virtue truly
          lies. I have never heard anyone complain about singing or saying the
          same unchanging parts of the Mass every day, because they are set in
          the midst of elements that DO change every day. The same must be true
          of the Office to a certain extent. When SO much changes at feasts
          that one longs and pines for a weekday with one book and NOTHING
          special, that balance has been missed. On the other hand, the
          changeless mundane misses the balance as well. One should never have
          to come out of a "simple" Office and think quietly: "Wow, that was
          dumb...." (But I often have.)

          St. Benedict built the necessary change right into his Office for
          monasteries. Ignore his bottom line or extend it unduly and you get
          into trouble. In this instance, as in so many, he was far wiser than
          we are, than people of any age are.

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

          [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        • Br. Jerome Leo
          +PAX Prayers, please, Phyllis, as she begins her treatment tomorrow for a very aggressive type of brain tumor. An update on Sherry, the young Mom for whom we
          Message 4 of 4 , Jun 17, 2007
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            Prayers, please, Phyllis, as she begins her treatment tomorrow for a very aggressive type of brain tumor. An update on Sherry, the young Mom for whom we prayed, she had to have her spleen removed and all ribs on one side are broken, but she is off the critical list, Deo gratias. Prayers, please for Geoffrey, job interview. Prayers for a ranking clergyperson in emotional and spiritual distress.
            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 17, June 18, October 18
            Chapter 14: How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the
            Saints

            On the feasts of Saints and on all festivals
            let the Office be performed
            as we have prescribed for Sundays,
            except that the Psalms, the antiphons and the lessons
            belonging to that particular day are to be said.
            Their number, however, shall remain as we have specified above.

            REFLECTION

            Every love life needs a bit of variety now and then, even the
            monogamous ones, even the celibate ones, and, let us face it, our
            prayer is (or ought to be!) a love life. Without marking certain days
            as special, our Office would quickly become a bland and tedious bore.
            On the other hand, mark too much as special and people soon get worn
            out. Variety itself becomes boring and a chore. What sane married
            couple would insist on spending every night in a different motel? One
            or both would quickly tire of that and it would destroy the very
            unity it was aiming to protect.

            Having lived in a monastery for part of the 1960's and 70's where the
            liturgy became the sad equivalent of a revolving door, changing often
            and not often well, I can speak from experience. It became dreadful
            to wonder what would happen next. It pulled out the necessary
            underpinnings of a certain stability (gasp!) and changelessness that
            a Benedictine life of prayer requires.

            Ah, but in the quest for simplicity carried to unfortunate extremes,
            it did, at times, become UTTERLY changeless. Same old same old, every
            single day with nothing different but the prayer at the end, if that.
            ("Oh boy, it must be Tuesday again....!") No antiphons, just psalms
            and canticles. No music other than the hymn, same seven each week for
            each hour, a few good, many bad.... No Glory be between Psalms, just
            one at the end. It was dull and gave even more of an impression
            of "let's just get this over with" than the old Office did at its
            very worst. One often wondered why we still bothered to go to choir.

            A balance between variety and stability is where the virtue truly
            lies. I have never heard anyone complain about singing or saying the
            same unchanging parts of the Mass every day, because they are set in
            the midst of elements that DO change every day. The same must be true
            of the Office to a certain extent. When SO much changes at feasts, as
            it did in former days of many octaves and tons of commemorations,
            that one longs and pines for a weekday with one book and NOTHING
            special, that balance has been missed. On the other hand, the
            changeless mundane misses the balance as well. One should never have
            to come out of a "simple" Office and think quietly: "Wow, that was
            dumb...." (But I often have.)

            St. Benedict built the necessary change right into his Office for
            monasteries. Ignore his bottom line or extend it unduly and you get
            into trouble. In this instance, as in so many, he was far wiser than
            we are, than people of any age are.

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

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