- Four-volume complete set of the LOTH
- One volume "Christian Prayer" that has the full Morning and Evening prayers, plus Night and Daytime prayers, and a large selection of hymns (this is the one we usually use)
- Four-Week cycle of psalms with hymns, intended to be chanted to the eight tones of St. Meinrad Monastery (the publisher, and the Benedictine monastery to which we are attached)
- Divine Office is unique in that it has audio in addition to the on-screen material. Audio has been a mixed blessing as some of the volunteer readers have indulged in overwrought interpretative dramatics. Fortunately, they are finally addressing that. It is definitely the easiest way to learn the rubrics and get a feel for how it all is supposed to sound.
- Universalis is an app that puts everything you need into your hands, although you will have to supply the sound yourself. This is another good way to learn the rubrics, and a very handy way to pray the Hours. You don't have to be tethered to a wireless connection, either, which makes it good for day trips.
Today we sang the haunting Stabat Mater from the Adoremus Hymnal. The Bear was struck by one verse:
Who could see from tears refraining
Christ's dear mother uncomplaining,
In so great a sorrow bowed.
The Bear couldn't help but notice the profound difference between this traditional treatment of that dolorous scene and the bitter, raving woman spitting accusations toward a silent sky. These little things matter.
But that's for another time.