Vespers" contradicts the pretensions of arcadian and utopian myths of fulfillment in terms of the Divine Office
and in particular the themes and expectations associated with the liturgical form of evening prayer.
Daily pill-taking can be compared to priests' obligation to pray the Divine Office
at set times of the day.
Also known as the Divine Office
, the Hours are comprised of a four-week cycle of the psalms, biblical readings and songs, prayers of intercession, blessings, and other readings from spiritual writings, separated into morning, evening, daytime, and night prayer, and an office (collection) of readings.
It may surprise those who enjoy polemicizing Rahner's alleged rationalism and anti-Romanism that he had a rich devotional life, characterized by an attachment to the traditional mass and to the traditional elements of the life of piety for priests, including the Divine Office
and the rosary.
Revealing too is her account of the kinds of prayer that were independent of the Divine Office
but never "informal" or "private" (as has often been argued in the past).
There are "lower defection rates from celibacy and the priesthood for priests who celebrate Mass, pray the Divine Office
, make a holy hour, do spiritual reading on a daily basis, and see a spiritual director regularly, the author states.
53) The small bell depicted in Raphael's painting is apparently a nola (a handbell or table-bell), which was rung in the choir where priests gather to pray the divine office
That construct is the diatonic system; it was inherited from Greek and Roman music, but in an overgeneralized, abstract form not very useful for singers, unsuited to music pedagogy -- and pedagogy was the pressing need for cantors who had to instruct monastic and cathedral choirs in singing Gregorian chant for Mass and the Divine Office
After an introductory section, which chronicles the development of scientific work on liturgy since the seventeenth century, the book moves into its main part - the liturgical books of the mass, the divine office
, and the other sacraments and rites.
Ambrose composed hymns in the fourth century, the Benedictines started singing the divine office
seven times a day in the sixth century, and Martin Luther used hymns to teach the Christian faith to countless believers.
Their conflation of liturgy with Eucharist also merits addressing, for they pay little attention to the Divine Office
or the other sacraments.
It seems that the divine office
has in practice taken a second place to many popular acts of piety, especially the holy rosary.