60 – I pray the Divine Office every day. My prayer is Jewish, and I have the Eucharist

One of the significant truths that we learn since we were children is that God himself is the Author of Sacred Scripture; and that with the coming of Christ, Holy Mother Church became the sacred depository of this incomparable treasure. Thus, just as a pen in the hand of a writer, the concrete author of each one of the holy books – David, Moses or Luke, for example – are nothing other than mere instruments in the hand of the Divine writer, God, the only true Author of the Holy Bible. The Church uses portions from these divinely inspired books for the divine worship. This is particularly true of the Psalms, which constitute the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours, within whose inspired verses the Church recognizes the voice of God himself, guiding us in a prayer that pleases Him.

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Christ came to perfect the Old Law
II – May Sacred Scripture be interpreted differently than the Church interprets it?
III – The Psalms were truly inspired by the Holy Spirit
IV – The Catholic prayer par excellence

I – Christ came to perfect the Old Law

Sacred Scripture

Old things have passed away; new things have come
Christ declared that He came to fulfill the law and the prophets
The Lord sang the Psalms after the Last Supper

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Our unleavened bread does not contain the leaven of decay

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Old Law is like a pedagogue of children; the New Law is the law of perfection
The New Law fulfils the Old by justifying men through the power of Christ's Passion, thus giving what the Old Law promised

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Why don’t the Jews realize that they have remained stationary in useless antiquity? The spiritual meaning has dawned, the natural action has ceased
The sacrifice of the Christians is being offered everywhere

Saint Melito of Sardis

Those things which once had value are today without value: the type lost its significance by surrendering its image

II – May Sacred Scripture be interpreted differently than the Church interprets it?

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

The interpretation of Sacred Scripture should be ruled according to the one standard of the Church’s belief

Saint Francis de Sales

Sacred Scripture is the rule of Christian faith

Pius XII

The Church has kept Sacred Scripture with all care and defends it from every perverse interpretation

Saint Vincent of Lerins

The right understanding of the prophets should be framed in accordance with the standard of Catholic interpretation
A heretical tendency: to receive novelties of words contrary to the faith of the olden time
The words of Scripture are appealed to by the devil and his disciples – one must interpret the sacred Canon according to the traditions of the Universal Church

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Opposition to the faith is also unbelief - it arises from the pride of not willing to subject to the sound interpretation of the Fathers

III – The Psalms were truly inspired by the Holy Spirit

John Paul II

The Christian tradition is not limited to perpetuating Jewish practice – it innovated, using the Psalms in function of Christ’s paschal mystery
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Leo XIII

To understand and explain the Psalms: the Holy Spirit’s presence is required

Synod of Bishops

The Psalms illustrate the divine-human character of Sacred Scripture.

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Christ is present when the Church supplicates and sings the Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours

IV – The Catholic prayer par excellence

Pius XII

Pray with the same intention as the Redeemer
The Divine Office is the prayer of the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the hymn that the Divine Word introduced into this earthly exile

Saint Ambrose

The Psalms are the voice of the Church

Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff

The Liturgy of the Hours: Christocentric and profoundly ecclesial prayer - the Psalms are interpreted by texts of the Fathers, Doctors and Councils

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

The Liturgy of the Hours is the prayer of Christ, with his Body to the Father
The Liturgy of the Hours: a prayer that belongs to the entire body of the Church
The faith of all of those who participate is nourished, and minds are directed toward God
The faith of all of those who participate is nourished, and minds are directed toward God

John XXIII

An atmosphere of Catholicism emanates from the Divine Office

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

If the Office was recited as it should: the Church wouldn’t be reduced to the present miserable state; sinners would be delivered from slavery to the devil
And how comes it that a priest offering up many prayers is yet never heard?
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4 thoughts on “60 – I pray the Divine Office every day. My prayer is Jewish, and I have the Eucharist

  1. Francis said today that those who speak against Israel are anti-semitic. He has the art of putting his foot in his mouth.

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