Well last Sunday we missed church. I just got off working the night shift, and numerous members of my family were feeling sick. We have had a week of sinus problems at our house. I guess you can say that the absence will grow the heart fonder.
Ok now to the little rant. Ok it is not a big deal. Really it isn’t. Possibly this just bothers me because of perspective or Roman Catholic programming. This could just be a difference of understanding on what is in fact being done.
I am talking about some of the liturgies or services of the church. Like sometimes I have seen the office of prayers before Divine Liturgy spouted off by a reader in a monotone plain chant. At the Byzantine Catholic parish I was at the very opposite happens. It is a very beautiful service all to itself. With beautiful chant. It is a lovely way to start things off. After Liturgy I have witnessed what I assume is the noonday office being read just before the final blessing in the Divine Liturgy. It is quickly spouted off so fast that I am unable to make out every bit.
My understanding from a Benedictine perspective of the Liturgy of the Hours is they should not be rushed. So that those who offer this office can reflect and meditate. That this work is of great importance, and shows the nature of the heart of those who offer the prayers.
Are these offices hurried and rushed because they are being done out of obedience. If that is the case it would be a practice of an obligation? Maybe it does not matter if they are hurried or rushed. If we are all just standing listening. Or actually participating in these prayers. Maybe it is part of that continued prayer of the Church to God. If that is the case I still do not understand the point of rushing through it. To me I would almost rather see it shortened or omitted from public worship altogether.
As someone who tries to pray 4 to 6 of the hours daily. It would be easy to rush through them. Honestly I have, and the results show it. To me it seems that we receive only when we invest. If we take what God has given us, and make it a labor of love. The benefits are to great to be numbered. If we take these gifts, talents, and moments and squander them. We get… well we don’t get the same graces.
Seriously can anyone offer input on this? I would greatly appreciate it.