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    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008 edited
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    Part of the Oblation Formation process is prayer, and as an Oblate we are required (Honored) to pray the Morning (Lauds) & Evening (Vespers) Prayers of the Hours daily. I hope the Below links will help you on that journey.

    I personal use both the online versions from Universalis & my "Benedictine Daily Prayer" Short Breviary. There are many other books & version out there, so if you have any question please let us know, we will more than willing to help.

    Peace in Christ

    Helpful links;

    Importance of the Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office in the Life of the Church
    1. Public and common prayer by the people of God is rightly considered to be among the primary duties of the Church. From the very beginning those who were baptized "devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the community, to the breaking of the bread, and to prayer" (Acts 2:42). The Acts of the Apostles give frequent testimony to the fact that the Christian community prayed with one accord. [1]
    The witness of the early Church teaches us that individual Christians devoted themselves to prayer at fixed times. Then, in different places, it soon became the established practice to assign special times for common prayer, for example, the last hour of the day when evening draws on and the lamp is lighted, or the first hour when night draws to a close with the rising of the sun.
    In the course of time other hours came to be sanctified by prayer in common. These were seen by the Fathers as foreshadowed in the Acts of the Apostles. There we read of the disciples gathered together at the third hour. [2] The prince of the apostles "went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour" (10:9); "Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour" (3:1); "about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God" (16:25).
    2. Such prayer in common gradually took the form of a set cycle of hours. This liturgy of the hours or divine office, enriched by readings, is principally a prayer of praise and petition. Indeed, it is the prayer of the Church with Christ and to Christ.
    • From the EWTN web site
    March 29, 2008

    Dear Fellow Oblates,

    I attended "Seven Sacred Pauses," a retreat that was held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale during the first weekend of December, 2007. The presenter was Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB. Many of you know her writing---she has offered many gifts of reflection in personal essay and poetry. For those of you who do not know, Macrina Wiederkehr is a vowed monastic with the Congregation of St. Scholastica in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The retreat, "Seven Sacred Pauses," was based on her most recent book of the same name---which is due to come out any day now. Yes! The organizing principle of her book and retreat is the liturgy of the hours. What I heard in her presentations at the retreat makes me very eager to have the book on hand as a resource to my spiritual life. For instance, she dovetailed Circadian remembering of God’s presence with seasonal remembering and with remembering in the various stages of one’s life.

    While I was at the retreat, Sr. Macrina introduced us to samplings of each "hour" with a delicious taste of accompanying music. Sr. Macrina has collaborated with a musician from St. Petersburg, Florida, Velma Frye, who has published a CD, also known as “Seven Sacred Pauses.” Velma Frye's original compositions are reflections of Macrina Wiederkehr's interpretative language of the liturgy of the hours. Since it is already available, I decided to buy a copy of Ms. Frye’s accompaniment CD. I got it last week and have been listening to it ever since. It is exquisite indeed. (Even though I bought my copy from the “Casa” bookstore, I believe that it is readily available from Amazon and other sources.) Ms. Frye’s voice is like a songbird and she uses a diversity of instruments and styles to accentuate each hour of the day. Ms. Frye also sings arrangements of more familiar melodies like "Dona Nobis Pacem," "Taps," and “All Through the Night.” All of the melodies felt like a call to home for me to pay attention at the various hour of the day.

    I am listening to “Seven Sacred Pauses” now and I wanted to tell all of the Oblates about this astoundingly beautiful collection of melodies and about Macrina Wiederkehr's forthcoming book. Macrina Wiederkehr and Velma Frye's voices are great gifts to the human community, especially for those of us who seek God above all else. Both the book and the CD are promising assists to our call to prayer as part of the liturgy of the hours.

    Melanie Supan Groseta