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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.

RGP for Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours?

I’m hopeful that a good spirit of collegiality, and appropriate decentralization in liturgical matters, will serve the Catholic Church well in coming years.

Justice and Peace Have Kissed

I am no biblical scholar—but I am sincerely delighted when I hear Scripture in a new way.

Mauds and Mespers

The General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours allows joining Mass with Lauds or Vespers – do you do so?

Ecumenical Study: Daily Office of French Anglicans and Catholic

It was noted that even in an increasingly secularized Europe, cathedral style celebration of Evening Prayer are alive and flourishing in English cathedrals and major parish churches, despite being a very ancient and traditional form of prayer