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  1. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL-THIS IS A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY.
    Pain is a blessing and a sign of God’s love for you; so is joy and all the other gifts. Just offer each day to Jesus and thank Him for the gifts of that day. I have been saying the office on and off since 1957. I love the office: THIS HAS BEEN THE BEST EXPERINCE THAT I HAVE HAD WITH THE OFFICE.
    The verity of music and prayer is grace filled. THANKS TO THE STAFF AND COMMUNITY-ALICIA

  2. I have been with the Divine Office for quite a while I have some issues but we accept life as it is. I thank God for this service and the dedicated who pray and produce this every day. I would really enjoy seein a picrure of the staff especially the English speaking who I find a delete. Voicses are refreshing.. May God Bless all listened especially those like myself who live in pain. He good news is one day will live painless in the arms of JESUS. Be at peace. Fr. Gill

    • I have come to understand that our pain is not only a good offering, but a required one.I think some of us are called to this suffering -it’s our vocation and judging by the amount of blessings we receive from it- it’s a great thing we are the ones blessed with this task-I do believe the Lord sends the most difficult battles to his stronger warriors.May the Holy Church always have the suffering in their prayers as we have them in ours until the day our Lord deems us worthy to enter His dwelling place.Those who sow in tears will reap in joy!!!

      • I think maybe pain is a call to Psalms 27 as a way of life. I am thinking that is my life’s call, which I never would have ever slowed down enough to understand and seek and search and find and savor if not for the pain that incapacitated me and won’t let go. It holds me still in a world of prayer. It is likely a most misunderstood freedom.

  3. This site is wonderful. Sometimes I join evening prayer from Notre Dame in Paris but more often than not, I join this ‘community’ for evening prayer.

  4. Does anyone have the lyrics for the None hour (mid-afternoon) hymn for Sunday, June 19th? The little bits I can catch sound amazing. Having not been raised in a church, it is hard for my ears to understand they lyrics to hymns still. I would love to have the words for this one.

    • Dear Sister in Christ I believe this is the HYmn you are looking for?

      HYMN

      Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
      For our offenses given;
      But now at God’s right hand He stands
      And brings us life from heaven.
      Therefore let us joyful be
      And sing to God right thankfully
      Loud songs of alleluia! Alleluia!

      No son of man could conquer death,
      Such ruin sin had wrought us.
      No innocence was found on earth,
      And therefore death had brought us
      Into bondage from of old
      And ever grew more strong and bold
      And held us as its captive. Alleluia!

      Christ Jesus, God’s own Son, came down,
      His people to deliver;
      Destroying sin, He took the crown
      From death’s pale brow forever:
      Stripped of pow’r, no more it reigns;
      An empty form alone remains;
      Its sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

      It was a strange and dreadful strife
      When life and death contended;
      The victory remained with life,
      The reign of death was ended.
      Holy Scripture plainly saith
      That death is swallowed up by death,
      Its sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

      Here our true Paschal Lamb we see,
      Whom God so freely gave us;
      He died on the accursèd tree —
      So strong His love—to save us.
      See, His blood now marks our door;
      Faith points to it; death passes o’er,
      And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!

      So let us keep the festival
      To which our Lord invites us;
      Christ is Himself the joy of all,
      The sun that warms and lights us.
      Now His grace to us imparts
      Eternal sunshine to our hearts;
      The night of sin is ended. Alleluia!

      Then let us feast this Easter Day
      On Christ, the bread of heaven;
      The Word of grace has purged away
      The old and evil leaven.
      Christ alone our souls will feed;
      He is our meat and drink indeed;
      Faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!

      Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands by Concordia Publishing House ; Words: Martin Luther, 1524. Music: Geistliche Gesangbüchlein

      • Ohhhhhhh! Thank you! I had given up on anyone knowing it! I’m glad I asked, it is so beautiful! I am thankful for your good word about your day today too. It is all so rich and wonderful!

  5. Please pray for me on Tuesday morning- that my head won’t swell during my radiation-I’m very swollen already but need radiation badly for my cancer- I have tried to make my doctor delay the radiation but they wont listen- so I’ll go with Jesus.
    I need this radiation not to affect any swelling I already have. since it could affect my breathing-that;s akready compromised.I would like to go in joy to my treatment and remain calm during my scans the following days-
    I thank you all in advance of your prayers, 😉 Mayda

    • Mayda, you will be on my heart and most certainly in my prayers. I am sorrow for your suffering and the anxiety that accompanies it. I believe that any such circumstances in our lives are a doorway to a particular gift that is ours to keep from Him. I pray this for you… That you will be held, accompanied, and kept by the One who adores you.

      • Thank you so much for your tender words.There are a lot of gifts attached to much suffering offered- not one moment has He left me without His Holy consolations.
        But I’m human , and the enemy is always there to try and take our peace away- it’s a constant struggle- sometimes to the edge of what I think I can humanely take.THank you for your prayers! God bless you all!

      • Indeed Rainshadow-we felt unstoppable -what weird and precious feeling? the pain the unite us with Christ-the unique opportunity to pay purgatory in life and help so many souls-to live as our soul slowly groans as it reaches towards our Creator-to know every day His consolations -and see how AWESOME His Love is-how blessed we are! To know that every tear,every anxiety and whimper we get closer,closer, closer.Sainth Therese of Lisioueux said she wished she could could suffer more-The Little Flower died so young.May she intercede for us and help us endure and persevere to the end.In Jesus name-Amen.

        Matthew Henry Commentary
        27:1-6 The Lord, who is the believer’s light, is the strength of his life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. In God let us strengthen ourselves. The gracious presence of God, his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, the witness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are the secret of his tabernacle, and in these the saints find cause for that holy security and peace of mind in which they dwell at ease. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God in holy ordinances. All God’s children desire to dwell in their Father’s house. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to tarry but for a night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant that abides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all the days of their life, as children with a father. Do we hope that the praising of God will be the blessedness of our eternity? Surely then we ought to make it the business of our time. This he had at heart more than any thing. Whatever the Christian is as to this life, he considers the favour and service of God as the one thing needful. This he desires, prays for and seeks after, and in it he rejoices.
        Psalm 27:1 Commentaries

    • Mayda ~

      Rest assured of my prayers!Join me in praying to Bl.Elizabeth of the Trinity. Her cause is up for canonization.
      Offer your suffering as a prayer of intercession for all those so desperately in need of your prayers right now.

      • yes my Dear sister: the pains I go through every day are only surpassed by the joy I feel to have suffering to offer for the worst sinners, for holy souls in purgatory, priests, and cloistered nuns and monks, for the end of heresy and our little parish.
        It is indeed much blessing to have worthy pain to offer to Our Lord and Saviour and to know how much blessings He bestows upon us.Thank you for your support.Mayda

    • Dear Mayda,
      I pray your radiation treatment went well and that you have not swelled up anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with you for peace of mind, a calm and content heart and a knowing that Jesus is with you.
      Blessing…dlita

      • Thank you Ditta-
        from my heart Thank you- I went and came back in joy thanks to all your prayers!!

      • Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ
        I woke up early and full of joy! I went to the hospital singing praises and came out singing praises- didn’t sell, didn’t feel dizzy or got headache, have been able to drink as much water as they asked me to, and suck on hard sour candy that I really dislike but it’s the best thing to get the salivary glands to move the radiation out of the gland pockets- Thank you for your prayers! Tomorrow Ill be going for a scan- that will determine how much cancer and where its still located-but I feel the worst is over-perhaps the Lord has other plans: but any way it is my desire to do His will in my life for I am nothing without Him. Again thank you for all your prayers! God bless us all!

      • Thank you Rain
        It went much better than I could imagine- thanks to all your prayers! I’m so blessed!

    • Dear Mayda you are being held in our prayers. God grant you deep peace of mind & heart during your RX. Thank you for offering your suffering as a gift for others to the Beloved who understands suffering. May you be given all the blessings He knows you need. Bless you. Deo Gratias

      • Thank you Sister:
        I feel so blessed- it’s hard.But I look upon the Cross and see a courageous, brave, young man who took so much punishment for our sin without as much as one complaint Our Lord- -and in comparison – how little is my pain-I’m comforted by my friends who pray for me, bottles and bottles of all kinds of painkillers, but Our Sweet Jesus who could suffer like He did? How hard for our Beloved Mother to see her Holy and Divine Son- His flesh torn, burdened with pain and injuries,when I think of this I do cry and my pain becomes sweeter Sister- and I almost wish it never leaves me,I’m weak Sister, many times I ask Jesus to release the pain for just a few minutes, it’s constant, I feel strangled,day and night.24/7- I dream of the day my purification is over and He will call me to His kingdom to live with Him forrever.

    • To MAYDA & EVERYONE-GOD is our father; when you face
      physical, spiritual or mental suffering, let/or pray that the Father
      will go before you as He did with His family in the old testament;
      and as we pray in the Mass:

      “THE LORD BE WITH YOU”

      Alicia

      • Alicia, I love this idea that you spoke of here and it really spoke to me when I read it… The idea of the Lord going before us when we suffer. Like John the Baptist going before Christ “to prepare the way of the Lord… Every valley shall be raised up and every mountain laid low” etc. That is very much what suffering does, It smooths our way and simplifies our path to the Lord, and we have Christ Himself going before us. I don’t know if I am explaining well, but I certainly appreciated what you said!

    • Indeed we will. Our hearts & prayers go out to all our sisters & brothers in the USA as you deal with yet another mass shooting. God protect you & may Our Blessed Mother wrap you in her mantle. Deo Gratias.

  6. In the second reading of the Office of Readings, St. Cyprian begins “When we pray, our words should be calm, modest and disciplined.” Something to take to heart!

  7. The Invitatory for today is incorrect. I think someone assumed it came from the Common of Apostles but not for St. Barnabas. Today’s Invitatory is Proper.

  8. “Heard” and “hurt” sound very similar. My career as a psychotherapist has taught me to not leap in the name of unconscious manifestations when my own ears may be the culprit.

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