27 July 2010

Why not "just pray"? Great post by Prior Peter

A gem of an article on the monastic Divine Office has been posted by the prior of Holy Cross Monastery here in Chicago: This past Sunday after Mass we had our monthly coffee hour, and I found myself in a discussion of the complexities of the Divine Office. I was speaking with a group of laypersons, all of whom pray some form of the Liturgy of the Hours–pretty impressive I must say. Somewhere along the line, however, after I floundered trying to explain why the layout of our soon-to-be-published books has exercised my ingenuity so much, someone admitted, “Sometimes I think that God must look down on us and say, ‘Just pray!’” Read it all here.

02 June 2010

Benedict's Rule Line by Line With Michael Casey OCSO

Hear a weekly podcast on one verse from the Rule of St. Benedict from highly regarded Cistercian author Michael Casey of Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia. Tarrawarra Abbey Podcast

22 February 2010

Wantage plainchant books in PDF

This is a bit of an historic day, in my opinion: the Plainchant Gradual, Sarum Antiphoner, and Introit book from St Mary's Convent in Oxfordshire are now available as PDFs. I can't tell you how long I looked for the Plainchant Gradual some years ago and eventually paid dearly for a copy via eBay. This superb resource of English-language chant propers for the Mass is a treasure, and now it's available to all.