Thursday, June 10, 2010
Good: I've Lost My Breviary
For some reason I have never loved the post-concilliar Office I have been saying for the last thirty years, I admit I struggle with it and I am not sure why.
I certainly find those intercessions so irritating, especially in the English version, I don't like the choice of hymns, I hate having to go a find and then select hymns when they are proper to the season. I think what I dislike most is the brevity of the modern Office, three psalms and it is done! There is only one psalm at compline. I have a lay friend who calls it the "Little Office of Paul VI".
It is the "littleness" of it that is unsatifying, the psalter is said over four weeks rather than one, in a way it feels rather restless, the very opposite of the older form but being able to immerse yourself in the lengthy psalms, actually feels more like prayer.
So, for the moment don't even mention it to St Anthony.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake