Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lentblogging Day 8 - The Devil's Fast

The Devil's Fast

Giving up something is a valuable discipline. Hopefully, you have chosen something you like, but do not need, and can faithfully observe.

However, unless you are adding to your usual measure of prayer, alms and service to others, giving something up won't do you much good. There are some who have even given up regular prayer without realizing it! If you have been following the Lentblogging of the Bear, or using his Lenten Companion, you will have figured out that the Bear is all about a common sense approach to Lenting.

When you fast but neglect prayer, you may become proud of your discipline without receiving any benefits from it.

The Liturgy of the Hours for Example

Every Christian tradition has its signature prayers and overall style. One of the most time-tested is the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office. It is based on the psalms. It has the added advantage of a daily schedule that sanctifies your whole day. It is also makes prayer time harder to forget and becomes a good habit.

In previous times, it was prayed only by religious and clerics. Now, it has been made more accessible for lay persons of all traditions.

The four-volume set or even the one volume Christian Prayer can be daunting. You can, however, purchase a slim one-volume Shorter Christian Prayer that has different prayers for each day of the week for four weeks. Another excellent choice, especially if you would like to learn to sing the Hours (which is well worth the effort) is the Liturgy of the Hours for Benedictine Oblates from St. Meinrad Archabbey. The Bear confesses he is partial to this one.

The four-week psalters do not observe the Church calendar. That makes them much less complicated to learn. The St. Meinrad edition covers prayers for morning and evening in the four-week cycle, plus midday and Compline at bedtime.

On the first Sunday of Lent, the cycle "resets" to week one. After the fourth week, it starts over again. The Bear would be happy to answer any questions about the LOTH. Just ask in the comments. You can read another article about the LOTH with pictures, here.

The important thing, however, is to pray and give alms. You don't want to do the Devil's Fast.

You may watch the 60-second book trailer or skip it, although there is rare footage of the Bear in the wild.

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the Bear's Lenten Companion.
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  1. Another lovely option for the Office is the Mundelein Psalter; it includes musical notation if you have some familiarity with Gregorian chant.

    Thank you for your Lenten Companion, also!

    The Beaver

  2. Awesome, awesome, AWESOME.....I AM LOVING THE BOOK!!!!

    You are truly helping make this a much better and more fruitful Lent for me Bear.....The little lessons are magnificent.....and it is a real Lenten penance to have to wait to read the next day's. I love walking thru the forest-desert with the Bear.....thanks :)


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