Liturgy and Prayer

Liturgy of the Hours

“Nothing is to be preferred to the Opus Dei, the Work of God” (Rule of Benedict Ch. 43). For Benedictine monastics this is the Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer form that is central to the life of the community and prayed three times a day. Based on the psalms, it is a means for God to be praised, a vehicle for the needs of all people in every part of the world to be remembered, and an opportunity for members to be shaped and changed.

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The Rule of Benedict is a spiritual guide, rare by virtue of its ancient origins, valued for its continuing meaningfulness in every century since. It is wisdom literature. It stresses the need and nature of real community. It brings the rhythm and ointment of prayer. The Rule brings a life based on the equality and reverence that a world in search of peace requires. — The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister, OSB


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And I Rejoiced In Them All

Posted on February 16, 2019
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Being assigned the task of Prayer Leader at the Mount means that you are responsible for the many details associated with the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours that day. There is music to select, there are readers to recruit, and candles must be lit. Recently I was asked to read about Solomon and his prayer.

Given a few days to prepare I spent additional time with the text and one line stood out, especially when I practiced reading it out loud: “And I rejoiced in them all”. Solomon tells of how all good things came together, and to him, when in Wisdom’s company. In hindsight Solomon realizes that he did not know Wisdom was responsible for all these things.

Life has a lot of moving parts and much of it evolves out of our hands. When we are called to make a decision much of the detail is then carried out by others. Over the long haul it takes a lot of faith, hope, and trust – read, prayer – as it did for Solomon, for it all to come together. That morning in chapel, as I was telling my sisters about Solomon, the line that stood out in my room came to life right in front of my very eyes: "And I rejoiced in them all".

Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
I called on God, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.

I preferred her to scepters and thrones,
and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.

Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem,
because all gold is but a little sand in her sight,
and silver will be accounted as clay before her.

I loved her more than health and beauty,
and I chose to have her rather than light,
because her radiance never ceases.

All good things came to me along with her,
and in her hands uncounted wealth.

And I rejoiced in them all, because Wisdom leads them;
but I did not know that she was their mother.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Reference:
Wisdom 7:7-12

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Sister Karen Oprenchok, author of Liturgy from A to Z posts, is a scholastic in initial monastic formation.