This is the first Sunday that we begin reading from the Lenten Triodion, the volume of the Divine Office
which contains the hymnody proper to the Lenten period.
Today the 30 sisters lead an enclosed, contemplative life, with the Eucharist and daily celebration of the Divine Office
at its centre.
During tonight's Evening Divine Office
of the Raising of Incense, special Coptic hymns - some of which have melodies that are said to date from the time of the pharaohs - will be heard.
He believes that, "We can overcome this polarization (God / Caesar) by recalling the circumstances that gave birth to the church as a divine office
rather than a political institution, enabling the church to flourish in spite of every attempt by the state to suppress it.
The founders and builders of cities imitate a divine office
Auden's poetic hermeneutic of the Divine Office
which was published as a sequence of seven poems in The Shield of Achilles in 1955.
The presence of the Bible and assisting cardinals is suggestive of a private recitation of the divine office
It is true of those who pray the psalms, the divine office
, the daily prayer of the universal church, gleaned primarily from the great library of God.
The Rosary's 150 repetitions of prayers, first representing Our Fathers and then Hail Marys, were seen as a substitute for the 150 Psalms prayed by monks in the Divine Office
The book is a shortened form of The Roman Breviary that is, in turn, a shortened form of the Divine Office
, the book of Psalms and prayers read daily by many priests and religious.
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
However, the discussion on the Liturgy of the Hours includes a fine essay on the liturgical seasons, the structure of the Divine Office
, its monastic and cathedral forms, and a brief account of the development of Eucharist spirituality through its many forms over the centuries.
One benefit gained through regular participation in the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office
as it is also known, is discipline.
It seems that the divine office
has in practice taken a second place to many popular acts of piety, especially the holy rosary.
The document opens by stressing the emphasis on the spirituality of convent life, and by calling for a restoration of regularity in the Divine Office