Thursday, April 14, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Why I Love Being Catholic (L)

The challenge is on.  Write a post each day in April (minus Sundays) using the letters of the alphabet as your guide. 

The theme I have chosen is "Why I Love Being Catholic".    

Let's continue...

 L-Liturgy Of The Hours (also known as the Divine Office)

Definition: The official prayer of the Church offered at various times of the day in order to sanctify it. Clergy and religious have a canonical obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours as official representatives of the Church. Increasingly, the laity are also praying it, though they do not do so in the name of the Church.

Bible: Psalm 119:164 "Seven times a day I praise you."
           Psalm 1:1-2  "Happy the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night."
           1 Thessalonians 5:17  "never cease praying"

Personal: My Uncle George was a Franciscan priest.  He was always stationed far away so we didn't get to see him much.  When he did visit, he would sit in our tiny kitchen, smoking his Camels, and reading from his little book.  Now I realize this must have been his Breviary, a book containing all the daily psalms, hymns, prayers, and lessons necessary for reciting the Divine Office.  I loved my Uncle George.

I have this great app on my phone that a friend told me about (thanks, Margie!) and it's called Laudate.  It has everything on it from daily readings to the rosary to the EWTN nightly news show and many more devotions.

One part of the Laudate app is the Liturgy of the Hours. And honestly, I don't use it.  This is new to me.  Yes, I've heard of Liturgy of the Hours, being that I'm a cradle Catholic and all.  But, I'm not familiar with it.

With Liturgy of the Hours, there are readings, hymns, and prayers set for each day and they are recited at certain times of the day.  There is the Invitatory psalm, Morning, Mid-morning, midday, afternoon, evening, and night prayer.

Praying throughout the day----imagine that!

Now, go download Laudate!

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  1. Love Laudate! Thanks for the shout out--and the kick in the pants to use it more regularly :). I still love it for the examination of can check off things that you need to my mom says, maybe soon we can just text our list on over and get absolution back, lol!!

  2. I love Laudate! But I have a hard time keeping up with the Liturgy of the Hours. Once upon a time, I'd set my alarm on my cell phone, but for whatever reason, have slipped away from that as well. Thanks for the encouragement!!

  3. So many things to love about our faith.