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Archive for category Liturgy of the Hours

Liturgy Lines: Weekday Liturgy

Services of the Word or the Liturgy of the Hours should never be considered as “second rate” alternatives, which we resort to only when a priest is unavailable…

Viewpoint: On Praying the Psalms on Behalf of the World

What does it mean to pray this Psalm when life is experienced as positive, fulfilled, and happy, and the supplicant has a strong sense of the closeness of God? – M. Francis Mannion

Preparing for a reflection

I was asked to preach at a Vespers service at the Institute for Church Life here at Notre Dame last week, and they very kindly hosted the reflection on the Church Life website. The topic is the Easter season for those of us in academic life, who are extremely rushed right now. “Easter in the […]

Does Psalm 88 Make Sense at Compline?

Especially (but not only) in Easter season I would strongly suggest not saying Ps. 88 at Compline.

Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 101

Vatican website translation: 101. 1. In accordance with the centuries-old tradition of the Latin rite, the Latin language is to be retained by clerics in the divine office. But in individual cases the ordinary has the power of granting the use of a vernacular translation to those clerics for whom the use of Latin constitutes […]

The Playful Gravity of Time

University discourse tends to refer to some distant future in which all knowledge will be discovered, in which progress will be made, in which endowments will grow. Yet, here at St. John’s, a radical alternative time interrupts again and again. The time not of capital campaigns, of curricular reviews, but the playful gravity of time embodied in the Christo-centric Liturgy of the Hours.


Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 100

Let pastors of souls take care that the primary Hours, especially Vespers, be celebrated communally in church, on Sundays and more solemn feasts. It is also to be commended that the laity themselves recite the Divine Office, whether with priests, or gathered among themselves, or even each one alone.

Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 99

I have been away from Pray Tell for some months now, partially due to other responsibilities and partially due to being under the weather. Today at the beginning of a new month I return with my article-by-article reflection on the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

The Psalm I Wrote for the Papal Trip

I don’t claim that the piece is high art or great music, but I hope it is “functional” in the best sense.

The Ordo Cantus Officii is Here!

It will be a great day when the antiphons in this directory appear in the new Antiphonale itself. Then, finally, one will have everything in one place to chant the reformed Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman rite in Latin.