Wednesday of Holy Week, April 4, 2012
For a reflection on the lectionary, read Brother James www.dominicanes.me
A Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Today (or starting today and going through tomorrow) pray the Divine Hours. Traditionally there are seven “hours,” but more modern versions use only three – morning, midday, and evening, sometimes adding compline.
An online version from Beliefnet prays at morning, midday, and evening. http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Christianity/2004/04/Praying-The-Divine-Hours.aspx
The below is from Saint Benedict on the Freeway by Corinne Ware, Abingdon Press.
The Hour of Vigils, sometime between midnight and 6 a.m.: If you wake during the night, use the darkness simply to be with God, aware of the Holy Presence in your quiet hours.
The Hour of Lauds, upon wakening. Wake to thank and praise God. This is the hour to spend some time in prayer and contemplation. Spend 20 minutes if you can.
The hour of Prime, before you begin your day’s work. Take just a moment to look over your day’s calendar, asking God to be in all you attempt to do.
The Hour of Terce, mid-morning. At break time, deeply breathe in God’s spirit before returning to your morning’s tasks.
The Hour of Sext, noon. Take time to consider the whole world and its needs.
The Hour of None, late afternoon. In the afternoon, we close down our work and turn toward home. It is a time for forgiving, asking forgiveness from God, and letting go of the day’s events.
The Hour of Vespers/Compline. Close the day with peacefulness, prayer, and perhaps a bit of bedtime reading. Entrust your life to God until you greet the morning again with thanksgiving.
To buy an app for praying the Divine Hours: http://divine-office.com/