Pr. Weedon Confesses

that having used the Treasury in a variety of ways over the last couple years, I have definitely decided that I am truly most at home using it the way I did at first.  Here’s how:

Matins/Lauds:  Opening Versicles, Monthly Psalter (see chart on pages 1436-1437 – easiest is to write the divisions into the Psalter itself), Hymn stanza, OT reading, Responsory, Canticle (Te Deum on Sundays; Benedictus all other days), Kyrie, Our Father, Prayer of the Day, Prayer for the Day of the Week (pp. 1306-1309), Collect for Grace, Benedicamus, Benediction

Vespers:  Opening Versicles, Monthly Psalter (as above), Hymn stanza, NT reading, Responsory, Writing, Versicle and Magnificat, Kyrie, Our Father, Prayer of the Day, Intercessions for family and for those who have asked my prayers, Collect for Peace, Benedicamus, Benediction

The heart of this way of using the Treasury is the Monthly Psalter.  Truly, the more I use the Psalms, the more I have come to love them and find them to be the very best prayers we as the Church can ever offer.  As Bonhoeffer said, they’re all expansions of the petitions of the Our Father.

Posted by William Weedon,  Sunday, August 29, 2010  on Weedon’s Blog

Treasury of Daily Prayer User’s Guide: Pr. Bachman’s Guide to the Divine Office

small_tdpPr. Karl Bachman, put together a nice introduction to the use of the orders of daily prayer in the Treasury of Daily Prayer. These orders of daily prayer are also known as “office” or the “divine office.”  During the time of the Middle Ages these became obligatory especially among the monastic communities where they developed eventually into seven set “hours” of prayer, hence the expression,  “liturgy of the hours.” Here is a PDF file  divine_office and here is the Word format of this document: divine_office