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MAY 23-29, 2010

 
Print your weekly guide to the Liturgy of the Hours below and be sure to read Mr. Michael’s advice on praying the Psalms (below):  
 

 
The guide should be printed in color on two sides.  Fold the guide in half and tuck it into your prayer book.  Enjoy!
 

What is the CLAA? 
 
This weekly guide to prayer is provided to you by the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, known more widely as "the CLAA". 
 
The CLAA is a curriculum provider for Catholic home-schooling families around the world.  What is unique about the CLAA is that our study program is oriented not toward college admission or even future employment, but around sanctification.  The core of our study program is Catechesis, Biblical studies and Prayer. 
 
We believe that Psalm 1 offers students the surest guide to happiness:

"Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, Nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers.  Rather, the law of the LORD is their joy; God’s law they study day and night.  They are like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers."

Now, if it is true that "whatever they do prospers", who would want any plan for life but this?!   Confident in the Scriptures, we put our faith to work and lead our students to do just this.  We do not worry about what non-Christians are doing and we do not seek their counsel.  We trust not in our own knowledge, but in a living and present God who fills His people with fruit that endures forever.
 
We invite you to visit the CLAA’s award-winning website! 

 

PRAYING THE PSALMS  The Liturgy of the Hours displeases many who are new to it because, as human beings, we don’t like wandering in the dark.  It’s not satisfying to recite psalms at random and we really can’t meditate on them until we can shake this feeling of disorder.  We need to be conscious of the arrangement of the Psalter so that we may make it our own.

There are 150 Psalms in the Bible and all of them except for Psalms 58, 83 and 109 are included in the LOTH Psalter.  Psalm 119 has 176 verses, so it is broken into parts. There are psalms that relate to different times of day and they are recited at those times.  There are some psalms judged to be "more important" by the Church that are read more frequently in the schedule than the rest–these would be the first we should memorize!  The

Psalter in the LOTH is divided into four weeks, so we recite the entire book of Psalms (almost) every 4 weeks when we pray the LOTH consistently.  That’s motivation enough to be consistent!

The following chart shows the normal schedule for reciting the Psalms in the LOTH. 

View/Print LOTH Psalter Schedule

By studying this chart, you can begin to see the patterns built into the Psalter.  Let’s consider some of the points:

  • Psalms 4 and 134 are recited every Saturday at Night Prayer
  • Psalm 118 is recited every Sunday.
  • Psalms 23 and 76 are recited every other Sunday at Daytime prayer.
  • Psalm 110 is recited every Sunday at Evening Prayer.
  • Psalm 91 is recited every Sunday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 119 is read over the course of 4 weeks at Daytime Prayer.
  • Psalm 86 is read every Monday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 143 is read every Tuesday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalms 31 and 130 is read every Wednesday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 16 is read every Thursday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 51 is read every Friday at Morning Prayer.
  • Psalm 88 is read every Friday at Night Prayer.

Now, this weekly schedule is contained in each volume of your LOTH set, for it is the same throughout the year.  Take some time to flip through the psalter and see that the schedule below is the schedule of your preadings.
If you notice any other patterns, let me know!  I’m praying with you.
William Michael
wmichael@classicalliberalarts.com

 

NEED PRAYER BOOKS? 

 
Buy your prayer books from the CLAA Bookshop and we’ll ship them in the U.S. for FREE
 

  LOTH 1-Vol. Christian Prayer ($37.00)

  LOTH 1-Vol. Christian Prayer, Large Print ($38.00) 
  LOTH 4-Vol. Imitation Leather ($149.00) 
  LOTH 4-Vol. Genuine Leather ($175.00) 
  LOTH 4-Vol. Large Print, Imitation Lthr. ($198.00)

 

Questions?  Contact us at bookshop@classicalliberalarts.com.

THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS 
 
To pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you will need your own prayer book(s).  In buying them, you will have two basic options:  the one volume abridged version, called "Christian Prayer", or the full four volume Liturgy of the Hours set.
 
The ultimate difference between the two is in the Office of Readings.  If you desire to pray/read the Office of Readings, you will need the 4 volume set.  The Office of Readings includes a complete year’s worth of daily readings from Scripture and the Church Fathers that correspond to the Church calendar. 
 
However, if you intend only to pray Morning and Evening Prayer or maybe add Midday and/or Night Prayer, you will only need the one volume version.  This edition is so easy to use that our 6 year-old son manages it by himself during our daily prayers.
 
Most people end up buying Saints’ biographies and Bibles anyway, but tend to have a hard time bringing them all together into a profitable routine of personal devotional reading.  Instead of that, it may be best to buy the four folume set and make the Office of Readings your primary source for daily readings on the saints and the Scriptures.  You can always read more if you find the selections leave you desiring more, but we tend to "bite off more than we can chew" when it comes to starting devotions.  This is why the Office of Readings is so helpful.
 

The Weekly Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours is a free service provided by the Classical Liberal Arts Academy to promote family and personal prayer.  It is designed for use with the Catholic Publishing Company’s editions of the Liturgy of the Hours.  Please encourage your friends and relatives to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and let them know we’re here to help!  Direct them to the CLAA’s Liturgy of the Hours resource center at: www.classicalliberalarts.com/LOTH.

 

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