Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Liturgy of the Hours and Ascension Thursday
I've decided to offer a public service announcement considering that a lot of people are confused about what prayers to use when one is in a diocese where Ascension Thursday has been transferred to the following Sunday.
This was also my question as I am in such a diocese.
We are called to obedience. It doesn't matter if we believe that the Holy Day should be fully honored. For those of us who reside in a diocese where the feast has been transferred, we MUST be obedient to our Bishop, and if we are praying the Liturgy of the Hours, we pray Wednesday Vespers...not Evening Prayer I of Ascension Thursday. We will do that on Saturday evening in the place of the Sunday Evening Prayer I.
Those who reside in a diocese that celebrated Ascension Thursday should pray Evening Prayer I of Ascension Thursday and the corresponding compline.
I'm late with my prayers so haven't prayed Vespers yet, but I have this to offer from the Dialogues of St. Catherine of Siena, on the topic of obedience:
"...no one at all can reach eternal life if he be not obedient, for the door was unlocked by the key of obedience, which had been fastened by the disobedience of Adam." (p. 282)
"The whole of your faith is founded upon obedience, for by it you prove your fidelity." (p. 285)
A lot of people are going to waste time complaining about the fact the Feast has been transferred in their diocese, and they are going to pray what they WANT to pray based on what they think is right. That means they will NOT be praying WITH the priests and religious in their own diocese and those throughout the world.
Disobedience has consequences. Obedience does, too. St. Catherine made that quite clear.