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  1. Thanks for all you do Dan in keeping us informed. Good to know. I also prefer the most traditional for Divine Office and Mass. The new is OK for personal listening on own time., to me anyhow, Thanks again for ll you do.

  2. I know this is asking a lot, but I would really love it if there was an option to have the psalms recited rather than sung, especially during Easter Week where it impacts all of the hours all week. I appreciate the hard work and talent of those who have chanted these but sometimes it is hard for me to listen to – e.g. if I am having migraines. I also find it harder to pay attention to the meaning of the psalms when they are sung. Thanks for all you do.

    • MKB-The psalms are usually song during the octave of Easter
      and sometimes through out the Easter season. You have the
      option not to use the pod cast.

      • Thanks, Alicia. I was simply making a request, recognizing that it was not a reasonable one! Because my brain was afflicted during much of Easter week, both reading and listening to chant was hard for me, whereas listening to the hours being read would have been helpful. But I know that they cannot design something just to accommodate me. 🙂

  3. Would it be possible to sing the Benedictus? Our OCDS community is having difficulty to find the proper pace in which to sing it on our formation day. Some sing it as if at a race and others as if at a funeral.
    God reward for your good work.

  4. God Bless you for this site! I am going through a difficult time with my mom being ill and receiving treatment that makes me a little more than nervous. Praying the Hours keeps me centered on Christ throughout the day which has given me the hope and light that I have needed at the right time. I enjoy the audio, it makes me feel like I’m praying within a group (which I know I am, with everyone “now praying”). The hymns are so beautiful and I appreciate each for their own uniqueness. Even though chanting or singing the psalms in morning and evening prayer adds time, it has been gratifying for me. I love you all and pray for the continued success of this ministry.
    Yours in Christ and Mary,

  5. Speaking of music, while I have generally enjoyed the Hymns used (though this past week some have been a bit long and tedious), I have found the singing of the Psalter…how can I put this nicely… quite bad. Recommend you keep to having the psalms read, not sung. My honest opinion, not meant to insult, but to improve.

  6. Dane, I didn’t use the audio in the evening prayer as I am in the hospital and unfortunately audio not available here. I just saw the written version which has alleluia in it. My apology for assuming it was sung. God bless this ministry. We certainly need it. Bobbie

    • Bobbie, Monica handles the content on the site and I forgot to tell her that Kathleen produced this special Lenton version at my request. Thanks for making me aware of it. May God help in your healing.

  7. I see several comments regarding music and wanted to post a few quick points about it. First, most of the hymns you have been hearing for the past several months are the hymns intended for and used in the Divine Office for over a thousand years (and you will see some of these in the next translation). Second, Catholic music is being created in modern times, but not for Divine Office, what you hear is intended primarily for the Mass. Third, (imho) there is a substantial profit motive that biases publishers to publish their own new music and not the treasures already within the Church. Forth, the vast majority of what we think of as traditional Catholic music didn’t exist before our parents were born. Before that we used our Church’s true masterpieces, which today we wouldn’t consider as such, let alone think it was our traditional music, but it was! The music we use is as traditional as it gets.

    Blessing to you all and may you all have a Holy Holy Week!

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