Sunday, June 22, 2008

Deo Gratias: Liturgy of the Hours

A few weeks ago David expressed interest in praying the Liturgy of the Hours more regularly. He found what prayers he could on eBreviary (which went subscription-only on the majority of its prayers recently). He tried using my simplified Christian Prayer book but wasn't satisfied knowing that it doesn't allow him to pray exactly what so many other Catholics (especially clergy and religious) are praying around the globe that day.

Late one night David heard God prompting him to turn on the computer and order the full set of Liturgy of the Hours books. An unusual prompting, I know, but how can we question something that will inevitably make us holier?

The box came on Thursday and David unwrapped the books with delight when he got home from a 12-hour shift of his preceptorship. He found all the proper pages and we prayed Night Prayer together on the couch. It was lovely! Praying the Liturgy of the Hours brings me great peace and centeredness. I hope his new prayer regimen (as his nursing school schedule allows) brings David that same peace and deepening of faith. I look forward to joining him often!

Photo credit: bhsher

4 comments:

bryansherwood said...

Nice post and I'm glad you found the photo useful. Praying the divine office has changed my life. My wife and I try to pray Compline each night just before bed.

Pax.

Bill Donaghy said...

I love the LOH! and wish I prayed it more often. I have the little shorter Christian Prayer books for Rebecca and I, but we don't pray it much. It's a powerful thing getting into the rhythm of the psalms. Thanks for the push to pray them again.

liturgy said...

More resources here:
http://www.liturgy.co.nz/ofthehours/resources.html

Christopher Humphries said...

That's awesome. I recently (just a couple days ago) got "Christian Prayer" and am trying to get down the construction of the hours.

I may end up getting the full LOTH set (*gasp*the price*gasp*), yet want to make sure I can stick with what I have right now.

I am loving it so far though and really excited about it. Once I get down how each hours prayer is constructed, it will be much easier.

God bless you both!

[found your blog post from the link on flickr, as I was searching for pictures on LOTH]