Cincinnati Oblate Chapter Minutes
March 26, 2017
Clyde Dorn, Pat Dorn, Rosemary Conrad, Ron DeMarco, John Campbell, Peyton Reed, Mary Louise Reed, Susan Anderson, Linda Faulhaber, Kathy Gloeckner, Beverly Winner, Nick McCarroll, Linda McCarroll, Barb Hanlon.
Introductions and reading of the Mission Statement opened our meeting. Second Sunday Vespers of Week Four was prayed together.
Lectio Divina was shared together using John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 24-38.The Minutes of February 2017 were approved. Nick McCarroll reported that our treasury balance as of today is $117.00, after Pat was paid for mailings expenses of $21.56 for October through March.
The Cincinnati chapter will be hosting in May the Ohio day of Recollection. The charge for the day will be $30 per person. It will be at the Milford Spiritual Center in the Pavilion. Nick McCarroll. Pat will send out a note on how to register and pay for the day.
Video Presentation by Fr. Jeremy King, OSB, on Praying and Singing the Psalms.
Fr. Jeremy began by saying that first we need to recite the psalms before singing them to understand the pacing and rhythm. Psalms are poetry. These are the prayers of the church, so they are our prayers as part of the Liturgy.
There is no wrong way to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, so do not be a slave to “one way” to pray. Just pray! In the psalms we are praying other people’s prayers so we are participating in tradition to hand on from one generation to another generation the prayers. “The Bible is a shared memory of a grateful people for the experience of God.” In the Archabbey Church we use the Grail Psalter from the 1960’s.
The purpose to pray together, and as St. Augustine said, to sing is to pray twice. Let’s start by reciting the psalm first. Saying a word involves more of our physiology and is better than just reading it on a page. Be sure to say the word out loud. Look at the accents on the words of the psalm. The accents set the pulse and rhythm of the reading. Be aware of others praying with you and do not be in a hurry to say the words. We will continue this lesson at a later meeting.
Submitted by Ron DeMarco