Liturgy and Prayer

Liturgy of the Hours

The Liturgy of the Hours, based on the psalms and prayed daily in the monastery, 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.

January 23

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Why we read from the Rule of Benedict

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

Read from Chapter 5:

Prayer Requests

Request prayers for a special intention.

Pray with those who have requested prayers.

Liturgy and Prayer Schedule

Sunday Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.
Morning Praise: 6:30 a.m. weekdays; 8:30 a.m. weekends
Evening Praise: 5:30 p.m.
(During Lent and Advent, Saturday Vigil is at 7:00 p.m.)

About the Liturgical Seasons

Christmas: The Coming of the Light

The Christmas season, if we see it as a whole rather than an isolated event, can ignite the spark that will lead us through the darness of our own lives every day of the year. It is the light of Christmas within us that will take us, if we have the insight to cling to it, beyond fairy-tale renderingof the great truths of the faith to an understanding of what all the dark days of life are about . . . We come to Christmas looking for the signs of Jesus' presence manifested in our own life and age, in us and in the world around us.

─Joan Chittister, OSB
The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life

New Liturgy from A to Z topics are posted each Saturday.

Return to Ordinary Time

Posted on January 18, 2020
Ordinary Time

Probably prompted by funerals for three sisters during the last week of the Christmas season, I went to the Office for the Dead to see what it had to offer. As we begin Ordinary Time in this new liturgical year, I will carry with me the following from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians:

We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So fix your eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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

Reference: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Photo credit: Jen Frazer

A to Z Topics

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