Posted by: Catholic of Thule | March 24, 2011

Ad confitendum nomini Domini!

Illuc enim ascenderunt tribus, tribus Domini:
testimonium Israel ad confitendum nomini Domini.

For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord:
the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.

Psalm 121:4

Throughout the centuries the Church has rejoiced to sing to her Lord in her official prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours – also called the divine office or the breviary. Through all these ages priests and many religious have had the happy duty to sing or recite this prayer during certain hours of the day and night, every day of the year, in the name of and for God’s people….All of us are reminded in the book of Revelation to sing or recite the praises of the Blessed Trinity in union with the heavenly choirs of angels and saints (Rev 8_2-4). And all of us are urged to pray in union with the risen Jesus, who lives forever to intercede for all who go to the Father through him (Heb 7:25). This is ecclesial prayer, that is, the prayer of the ecclesia, the Church the Lord himself established….This divine office is the Catholic Church’s loving and powerful adoration, praise, and worship of the Blessed Trinity in all the mysteries of creation and in the beautiful deeds of salvation history together with the eternal ecstasy of the beatific vision of the saints.

Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., Prayer Primer.

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