Divine Office

In this article I describe how it is prayer, above all, that binds families together; and the most powerful form of prayer we can pray in the home is the liturgy of the hours. Furthermore, with the father leading the prayers, we are opening the way for a powerful driving force that has effect not […]

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…And it passes through an octagonal portal.   Liturgy, the formal worship of the Church – the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, the Eucharist at its centre – is the ‘source and summit of Christian life’. We are made by God to be united with him in heaven in a state of perfect […]

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How to Make an Icon Corner and Change the World

by David Clayton on March 21, 2014

A new book tells us how to create one, has icons you can pull out and frame and how to pray in the family so that it become a force for cultural renewal.  The force to change the world begins with us. We must change ourselves, and then our families and then society will change. […]

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How to Pray With Visual Imagery – Way of Beauty replay

by David Clayton on December 20, 2013

It is now more than three and a half years since I started this blog so first of all I would like to thank so many of you for your interest and your comments. I am currently involved in several book projects which will be published in the early part of next year – more […]

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Educators take note! Here is the greatest source of wisdom. When writing about Jean Leclercq’s Love of Learning and the Desire for God, I referred to his description of the tension that exists between the  different educational approaches of the scholastic and the monastics schools . The former characterised (in part) by relying of very dry, […]

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Where Have All the *!*?ing Psalms Gone?

by David Clayton on January 15, 2013

The cursing psalms are not in the modern divine office  - how does this omission affect the psychology of  those in the Church? I was recently given a copy of the St Dunstan’s Psalter. It contains a 16th century arrangement of the psalms set to modal tones set to an English text. The tones are taken […]

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Recently when I went home to England we had a reunion of old college friends of mine. Most were not believers of any sort – I had known them since I was eighteen and so the friendships pre-date, by a long way, my conversion (I was 31 when was received into the Church and have […]

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How do you pray the Liturgy of the Hours when the books are too heavy to put into your suitcase and your normal routine is disrupted? I have just returned from a visit to England and Spain to see my family. For various reasons I haven’t been able to leave the US for a couple […]

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