A Thanksgiving Letter
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. – Psalm 105:1-2
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Let us join the psalmist in offering thanks and praise to God for the manifold blessings that continue to nourish our faith and enhance our community. My prayers of thanksgiving include words of deep appreciation for our newly formed board of directors. I remain humbled by the tremendous gifts the board members bring to the Divine Office. Clearly, the Spirit is moving among us in a profound way.
On the heels of last week’s inaugural board meeting, I am convinced that the Divine Office’s ministry will thrive under the careful guidance of our leadership team. I cannot overstate the insight and experience the individual board members bring to our mutual ministry in Christ. If you do not know our directors personally, I encourage you to become familiar with their stories as soon as possible. Board biographies are posted at DivineOffice.org. For those of you attune to social media, you may hear from some of the directors via the comments section on the Divine Offices’ Facebook page. Please wish our leadership team a warm welcome.
One of the areas of continued emphasis by the board focuses on our ministry’s relationship with The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). We have sent them relevant information about this work and are hoping to receive their endorsement. Just last week, the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship met and included a discussion of our community among a bevy of topics. Inasmuch, please see the attached flyer that highlights the scope of our ministry. A copy of this flyer was hand delivered to every member of the Committee on Divine Worship. Among your daily prayer intercessions, please keep the Divine Office on your lips, asking that the USCCB may see the good we are doing in the world and be moved to support our ongoing work.
I also ask that you continue to pray for our nation and world during this season of transition and anxiety. Remember our incoming elected officials in your intercessions, praying that the Spirit may guide their words and actions. You may also want to join in a Novena for our Nation at www.novenaforournation.com.
A final thought as we approach the new liturgical year. With Advent at our doorstep, consider faithfully marking the season’s progression by using the liturgical prayers and other resources offered by the Divine Office. Advent is a wonderful time to ponder our Lord’s “comings” by lighting our lamps of expectation, waiting in joyful hope, and signing the great refrain, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” The hymn, of course, comes to us from the “O” Antiphons of the Gospel Canticle of Evening Prayer of Late Advent (December 17-24). Let us all solemnize our Advent journey by keeping this Octave, this true novena, as a recommitment to the fullness of praying the Divine Office.
In thanksgiving for God’s blessings and our grace-filled life together,
Founder of DivineOffice.org