Two Weeks Ordinary is a meditation rendering of Psalms (146 of the 150), Canticles (40), Sayings of Jesus, Scripture Readings on the Christian Life (62), and traditional songs from the public domain (65), arranged for Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer. Almost all of the Psalms and Canticles and Readings are placed on the same day of the week as in the four-week traditional cycle of the Liturgy of the Hours, weeks 1 and 3 in the first week, and weeks 2 and 4 in the second week. Designed by a parish priest as a straightforward introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Two Weeks Ordinary can also be used for private prayer and meditation by veterans of the breviary.
This meditation rendering follows consciously these four choices: 1. For the name YHVH, or Yahweh, the Hebrew word Adonai (ah-duh-nih') meaning My Lord, is used. In several places the words El or Elyon or Elohim are retrieved, as is Sabaoth instead of Mighty or Hosts. 2. Following the Christian understanding of one God in the three persons of the Trinity, masculine pronouns for God are avoided, except when God is referred to as Father, or specific references to Jesus. 3. In an admittedly imperfect effort to pray the gospel as well as the psalms, the word "enemy" is most often rendered as "enmity." 4. Where people are referred to as evil, the emphasis is shifted to those who do evil, or ways that are evil or bad. There are problems with all four of these choices, and these would be reasons to not consider this compilation for public liturgy. Most of the antiphons are Sayings of Jesus drawn from Sunday Gospel readings: In the Sunday Lectionary, the Old Testament readings have connections with the Gospel reading, and the "responsorial psalm" is a "response" to the Old Testament reading. This means that on any given Sunday there is a relationship between the Gospel reading and the Psalm. The Sayings of Jesus used as antiphons were chosen based on this relationship.
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About the Author
Mondays in silence and solitude writing for faith sharing groups and spiritual direction,
painting, and sometimes quietly strumming the ukulele, played more loudly on other days.
Table of Contents
Office of Readings
Index of Songs
Index of Psalms
Index of Canticles and Old Testament Readings
Index of New Testament Readings on the Christian Life
Index of Antiphons and Responsory Verses