Catholic Liturgy

When folks talk about the liturgy of the Church, the discussion usually centers around various aspects of the Sunday service. However, it seems to me that the most basic things are:

  • The liturgy is a daily liturgy
  • The liturgy centers around the Psalms

For example today, on December 30th, the scriptures for Mass were:

  • Wisdom 18:14-15
  • 1 John 2:12-17
  • Psalm 96:7-10
  • Luke 2:36-40

and, in the Liturgy of the Hours, for the Office of Readings for today:

  • Psalm 85
  • Psalm 89
  • Colossians 1:15-2:3

and, in the Liturgy of the Hours, in the 4 week cycle of daily prayer for today:

  • Psalm 10
  • Psalm 12
  • Psalm 24
  • Tobit 13:1-8
  • Psalm 33
  • Psalm  119:1-8
  • Psalm 13
  • Psalm 14
  • Psalm 20
  • Psalm 21:2-8,14
  • Revelation 4:11; 5:9-12

In fact, a daily liturgy centered on the Psalms is even the case in some protestant ecclesial bodies, see for example the Anglican’s Book of Common Prayer.

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