Sunday, April 19, 2009

Liturgical helps

There are many helpful sources for Catholics (and all Christians, if they choose to use them) to deepen their understanding of the mysteries of our Faith and to cooperate better with the Holy Spirit in the work of our sancitification. One of the principal ones is the liturgy. In first place there is the enriched selection of biblical readings for the Mass, especially the three readings for Sundays and Solemnities arranged in a three year cycle. The Eucharistic liturgy, that is rooted in Divine Revelation and the saving actions and word of Jesus Christ, can only be interiorized by a proper understanding of the Revealed Word of God.

To help in this many have found useful the monthly worship guide Magnificat. The daily meditations for each day, as well as the brief biographies of saints not found in the ordinary cycle of commemorations are the source of inspiration.

In addition to the Mass the Church's official liturgy is constituted by the Liturgy of the Hours. For me a privileged place in the Liturgy of the Hours is taken by the Office of Readings, which besides the usual psalms and prayers contains passages from Sacred Scripture and the Writings of the Fathers of the Church (and other holy men and women.) Taken together with the readings from the Mass these form a rich tradition of revealed truth and proven holiness.

Lastly, let me mention another book that is more related to piety and the basic teaching of the Church. That is the Handbook of Prayers edited by Rev. James Socias.

The liturgy is the best way to become immersed in God and the history of His Love for the creature he made in His image and likeness.


  1. The Handbook of Prayers is an invaluable tool for finding prayers and meditations to "plug in" to one's everyday situations.

    I've found that the Daily Roman Missal [from MTF] contains just about all of the Handbook plus the daily Mass readings for all three cycles, St. Josemaria's Stations of the Cross and his meditations on the Holy Rosary. It's got just about everything you need!

    I'm glad to see your blog ~ we met at Featherock in December. I'm headed back there again the same time this year so hopefully we'll meet again.

  2. Might I also suggest the Book of Common Prayer, either the 1928 American version or the 1662 Church of England version

  3. I'd be interested to hear your take on the iBreviary for iPhone.

    Will there be a day when there are no more sacramentaries - just an iPhone like thing that rests on the missal stand next to the corporal?