Praying through the Divine Hours Thursday April 8-Friday April 9
The Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office, the Divine Hours... The practice of pausing multiple times a day to pray is one that stretches back into the history of Jewish and Christian traditions for centuries. If you have not participated in this practice before, here are a few thoughts on what to expect and how to prepare: -We've provided a pdf of each of the hours below. Take some time to prepare by printing out all of the readings, and by planning ahead where you will participate in the services. Many of the events we will be hearing about happened outdoors, so if you are following the services on a mobile device, you may want to consider being outside. If you are unable to print at your home, the sessions can be easily followed without them, you will just be unable to do the responsive and unison readings along with the leader. -Each session will be approximately 10-15 minutes long and will consist of responsive readings, songs, prayers, and Scripture readings centered around the events of Jesus' betrayal, crucifixion, and death. The readings for each session are focused around the timeline of those events, and so we will read and pray about Jesus' betrayal and arrest in the middle of the night, and His actual crucifixion in the middle of the day, etc. -Each leader will begin the session by lighting a candle, and end it by extinguishing the candle. We encourage you to do the same. This simple physical act helps emphasize the rhythm of returning to prayer and to the story as it unfolds. Also, the ritual of knowing you are doing something at the same time as others will help with feeling connected to those who are praying along in other places. -The intention of this is for you to follow all of the sessions, but if your schedule doesn't allow you to make all of them happen, please still join in when you can. Although the story of Jesus' death is quite powerful when heard and meditated on in this format, it is still worth taking the time to join us in prayer when you can as we prepare as a congregation for Easter Sunday. We hope this experience will be meaningful for you. The joy of celebrating Christ's resurrection can be that much more powerful when we have taken the time to walk through the darkness and the grief of His death beforehand.
The First Day of the Week: A Guided Walk for Easter Sunrise
Participate with us in a meditative experience on Easter Morning. Just as any other year you would get up early and venture out to the dark cold morning to attend our Sunrise Service, we now encourage you to get up and go for a walk in the liminal pre-dawn light. Our pre-recorded podcast will guide you through a series of scriptures and meditations as you embody the journey of the women to the tomb with your own movement wherever you may find yourself “…early in the morning on the first day of the week” (Lk 24:1).
Download the recording to your phone (via our website or our existing podcast service), and join us on a walk through each of our respective neighborhoods. It may not resemble the gathering we’re used to, but it might resemble the walk those women had to take. At least that’s the idea.