Monday, November 9, 2015

The Rule of Saint Benedict: Chapter 13

It has been a long time since I posted. I apologize, I've been swamped with schoolwork, life as a father of a newborn yet again (she's squishy!), life as a father of two girls who are running circles around me, and life as a husband of a grad student. There is so much on my plate right now, but things are starting to calm down. These chapters are still relatively short and still going over the rubrics of how to celebrate certain services on certain days.

Chapter 13: The Celebration of Lauds on Ordinary Days
  1. On ordinary weekdays, Lauds are celebrated as follows:
  2. First, Psalm 66 is said without a refrain and slightly protracted as on Sunday so that everyone can be present for Psalm 50, which has a refrain.
  3. Next, according to custom, two more psalms are said in the following order:
  4. on Monday, Psalms 5 and 35;
  5. on Tuesday, Psalms 42 and 56;
  6. on Wednesday, Psalms 63 and 64;
  7. on Thursday Psalms 87 and 89;
  8. on Friday, Psalms 75 and 91;
  9. on Saturday, Psalm 142 and the Canticle from Deuteronomy, divided into two sections, with "Glory be to the Father" after each section.
  10. On other days, however, a Canticle from the Prophets is said, according to the practice of the Roman Church.*
  11. Next follow Psalms 148 through 150, a reading from the Apostle recited by heart, a responsory, an Ambrosian Hymn, a versicle, the Gospel Canticle, the litany, and the conclusion.
  12. Assuredly, the celebration of Lauds and Vespers must never pass by without the superior's reciting the entire Lord's Prayer at the end for all to hear, because thorns of contention are likely to spring up.
  13. Thus warned by the pledge they make to one another in the very words of this prayer: Forgive us as we forgive (Matt 6:12), they may cleanse themselves of this kind of vice.
  14. At other celebrations, only the final part of the Lord's Prayer is said aloud, that all may reply: But deliver us from evil (Matt. 6:13)
*The reason that I wanted to note this verse (10) was to show that even though Saint Benedict wrote his rule before the Great Schism there were differences in practices between jurisdictions, but not a difference in faith. Examples of differences in practices are the West celebrating All Saints Day on November 1st, and the East celebrating the same feast after Pascha. Other examples would be a difference in how the Divine Liturgy is celebrated from parish to parish, how one jurisdiction may celebrate the feast of one saint but not another, or even the date of Christmas before it was set to a specific date. 

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