The challenge for Auden in Horae Canonicae, and "Vespers" in particular, is to understand the implications of this conclusion, while at the same time remaining faithful to the transcendent imperative of the Divine Office
which is as much a prayer of praise exulting in the fulfillment of an eternal vow as it is an unending song of grief and longing for transcendence in the midst of suffering and historical uncertainty.
133) The Great Reform Bull, Supernae dispositionis arbitrio, that he had issued at the ninth session of the Fifth Lateran Council on 5 May 1514, urged cardinals to be "vigilant and constant at the divine office
and the celebration of Masses" and mandated that anyone who held a benefice was obliged to pray the divine office
or else suffer the loss of the revenues from the benefice.
The clock in the painting suggests that the nuns attended the Divine Office
"meurement et a traict" (promptly and on time) as stipulated in the reform mandates (214), despite the accusation in 1509 that they did not.
But I soon discovered the reason for the oblate master's pestering me to pray the Divine Office
Wills starts with some history of how the rosary developed out of lay people's desire to have their own form of daily prayer like the monks who sang the daily Divine Office
The ceremonies of Holy Week, the Divine Office
, and the liturgical year were greatly influenced by him, and the version of the Nicene Creed we recite today comes from Cyril's revision of the Jerusalem Creed.
Monsignor Elliott: The council document was the mandate for post-conciliar liturgical reform and most of the reforms are good, especially better celebrations of the sacraments, concelebration, the reform of the Divine Office
and the wider use of the vernacular.
The older I get the more I come to appreciate and depend on two great prayers, the divine office
and the rosary.
Phyllis Tickle, contributing editor in religion for Publisher's Weekly, reintroduced modern Christians to the ancient tradition of praying the divine office
in her earlier trilogy The Divine Hours.
Frank went to Mass and Holy Communion every morning, spent his lunch time making a Holy Hour in a local church, and prayed the Divine Office
Call it saying the breviary, saying the divine office
, or, as Tickle does, "fixed-hour prayer," she and thousands of Christians have been doing it for centuries.
And, acting contrary to Vatican instructions, three religious orders (Dominicans, Benedictines, and Sisters of Mercy) are using ICEL translations in their recently revised Liturgy of the Hours, also called the Divine Office