Monday, 21 October 2013

Rule of St Benedict - Services

Goodness!

I'm still reading the Rule; a portion every day - ish - sometimes there is some catching up to do.

At the moment the Rule is giving instructions for the services to be said each day, and on Sundays, and on Feast Days.

Evening Service; 6 Psalms, and 4 portions of Scripture, and some Canticles, and on Sundays another 6 Psalms....   with, and without Alleluias and Glorias

I've had an interest in Benedictine communities from reading the Brother Cadfael mysteries written by Ellis Peters, set in the thirteenth century if I remember correctly, and also from following the blog of Dame Catherine www.ibenedictines.org

Here's a link to a typical day at her Monastery (although they are all female, it is not a convent. She explains it somewhere) http://www.benedictinenuns.org.uk/Introductory/dailylife.html
(The website contains references to Oxford, where they used to be, and Hereford, where they have moved to. Just in case you are getting confused!)

I'm grateful for these "prayer places", where real, concentrated prayer is on-going. I'm not at all sure "how" or "why" prayer is so necessary - but I do know that it is vital.  

Saturday, 19 October 2013

"And did she see there, in the straw, a thorn?"

http://johnthelutheran.tumblr.com/post/64373775527/jeannepompadour-pelagonitissa-icon-from-from

jeannepompadour:

"Pelagonitissa" icon from from Zrze in Macedonia,1421-22. 

"And a sword will pierce your own heart also." 

jeannepompadour:
"Pelagonitissa" icon from from Zrze in Macedonia,1421-22. 
"And a sword will pierce your own heart also."
(via bookeofhowrs)

There is a song in the Graham Kendrick Christmas Song Cycle "Rumours of Angels" that makes me cry every time....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OjXHfVoI64

Actually it is one of those rare collections of songs where every one is a good one.