Whilst praying the Divine Office, there are two readings in the Office of the Readings.
After the first reading, I say: “The Word of the Lord: Thanks be to God”
But, the Second Reading isn’t from scripture, so is there a correct lexicon or phrase to say after the Second Reading (for example a sermon from St. Augustine or St. Peter Chrysologus) or should one just move on to the Responsary ?
I recently went on retreat at a Benedictine abbey, where I participated daily in the Divine Office chanted in community. At the conclusion of a non-Scriptural reading, the lector said “This concludes the reading” and the rest of us responded, “Thanks be to God.”
I don’t know, however, if this practice is unique to this particular monastic community, unique to the Benedictines, or not unique to anyone.
For any readings in the Liturgy of the Hours, whether it be the longer readings in the Office of Readings, or the short chapters for the rest of the hours, there is no versicle and response analogous to “The Word of the Lord/Thanks be to God” in the liturgy of the Mass. The reading simply concludes, and then follows its responsory, either sung or recited.
For the Office of Readings, the concluding acclamation is “V. Let us bless the Lord. R. And give him thanks.” Further, it’s optional in individual recitation, while required in communal prayer. I nevertheless say it anyway.
The “May the Lord bless us…” is for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.
I usually only pray the Office of Readings – though I’ll sometimes add in the Psalms of Lauds – and occasionally Compline. Still, I end with “may the Lord bless us” because I love that prayer
I’ll be the first to admit that I probably don’t always pray the Office correctly, but I stumble through it as best as I can, remembering that first and foremost, this is prayer – and correct form is not as important as lifting one’s heart in prayer to Our Lord. For me, worrying about “getting it right” is a huge distraction to prayer, and I’d be likely to give up before I begin if I spent too much time assuring myself I had the correct antiphons or that I’m praying the responsory correctly (:hmmm: which parts do I repeat again???). Apparently, “stumbling through” is my path to sanctity!! :rotfl:
Of course, when praying in community, form does matter. But since my dogs and cat are unable to join me in prayer, I rarely pray the LOTH in community
Thanks for the clarification! Hope I didn’t confuse the OP with my earlier response
To be honest it was a lucky guess, it’s the only functioning abbey I’ve been to in England, though I’ve also visited abbey ruins and of course Westminster Abbey which though functional is no longer a Benedictine abbey
However I don’t recall how they ended the readings! I do remember being surprised that we were seated in the choir stalls for the Offices, as at the abbey I’m associated with, the stalls are strictly off limits to anybody but monks or postulants.
I know a couple of oblates from Douai abbey. I’m on the consultation committee for the World Oblate Congress held in Rome every 4 years and they serve on the same committee.