Rhythm of Prayer

By Scott Paeplow, Campus Minister for Liturgical Music

Every fall semester, I hear myself say in the Intro to Church Musicianship mini-course, “Our lives themselves are liturgical - we are nourished at the table, go out to live the Gospel message and serve others, and then return to the table of the Lord once again.” Without fail, as I head to my car at the conclusion of this session, I reflect on these words and how often I fail to practice what I preach. The many distractions of life seem to interfere with what I hope to be an authentic desire for my discipleship to form every aspect of my life.

However, over the past few years, I have found assistance in this endeavor within the ongoing liturgical structure that the Church has lived through consistently for generations - the Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office). This rhythm of prayer, rooted within the rich language of the psalms, seeks to sanctify the movement of each day through gentle reminders of the remarkable mercy and compassion of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.

Each Lent at UD, we seek to provide additional communal opportunities for our faith community to gather and encounter this peaceful and peace-filled liturgical prayer during our journey through the Lenten season. If you’ve never prayed the Office before, I hope you will consider joining us as we gather on Wednesdays at 5:30pm for Vespers (Evening Prayer) and at 10:30pm for Compline (Night Prayer).

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