Saturday, July 12, 2014

A mainline Protestant meets the Liturgy of the Hours

Checking some search results today, I came across this piece written by a non-Catholic making an informal retreat at a monastery guesthouse. He joins the monks for each of the liturgical hours, and has some interesting reactions to it all.

I disagree with him that the Liturgy of the Hours marks "chronos" rather than "kairos" time. Clearly it can do both. (But this gentleman couldn't know that at this point in his acquaintance with it.) But he was spot on when he said this:

While we were there, one of the brothers passed away on the premises. He was old and sick; still, it happened rather suddenly. The monks heard the news at church a half hour later. Then they did what they always do: they prayed the psalms. I suspect that if some Job-like tragedy wiped out all but one of them, he’d still show up for the Divine Office that day, singing antiphonally with the cloud of witnesses.
So I began to appreciate that I was not a second-class participant in a worship event some hierarchically-minded person planned. I was an observer of a holy practice of marking the passage of time, a practice as reliable as time itself.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Should we be appalled or just Amused?

Or just amused? 

I vote for amused, because this is just too silly.

The link for this French perfume was sent to me by the same  nun whom I mentioned a couple of posts ago. She came across it while doing research on the Liturgy of the Hours for an article. Having first found Coffee&Canticles, she said, "I presume this is what you wear all the time."   I guess if  Sister is amused, it's okay for me to be. 

La Liturgie des Heures Jovoy Paris for women and men