We just completed our first evenings at St. Monica’s and St. Blaise with many returning and new participants. The first week is always a bit rusty (especially for me), but everything will become more comfortable as we go along. In Week II, I will explain a bit more about how to understand square notation and the rhythm of Vespers before going through the melodies and psalms that we will encounter that evening. Please bring your “Prayer before/after the Divine Office” card, though I will have extras if needed.
If you are curious, this is the resource I will be using for the reflections on the Psalms of Vespers:
…as you can see, the Liturgy of the Hours is on a 4 week cycle, through which we experience all 150 psalms (the linked page only presents the Psalms encountered during Vespers). Last week was Week I because it was the first week of the Advent season.
You may also be interested in this reflection by Pope Benedict XVI on the Magnificat, which we sing each evening during Vespers.
If you would like help including more of the Liturgy of the Hours in your daily life, the prayers are offered on the radio throughout the day at 106.7 FM WAOB (you can listen live online through the link, or view their programing schedule). You can also look for the Divine Office or Laudate apps to have it handy on your phone.
Lastly, if you are curious about learning a bit more during the week, you can check out the tags at the bottom of this page that will take you to previous posts on particular topics. If you want help becoming more familiar with the Pater Noster and the Alma Redemptoris Mater, you can find practice videos in this post. You may also want to press the “follow” button at the bottom right to receive an email when a new post is up.
I look forward to praying with you next week – feel free to invite a friend!