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The bulk of this episode is about starting out a daily office service in your parish. There are two big things to develop: your leadership of the ministry in general, and developing the specific skills for leading others in worship.
I talk about Licensed Lay Ministries, including Worship Leader training. The Diocese of Mississippi has a handy guide for Worship Leaders in their diocese. The Diocese of Western Michigan has a pdf document on all sorts of Licensed Lay Ministries. So does the Diocese of Minnesota.
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I talk as well about gesture (what we do with our hands) and posture (what we do with our bodies).
- the opening preces and invitatory psalm (morning prayer) or O Gracious Light (evening prayer)
- The canticles
- The Creed
- for the prayers, from the Lord’s Prayer to the conclusion (or, optionally, you kneel)
- the psalms
- the readings (including the gospel reading)
- The confession (or you can stand)
- for the prayers, from the Lord’s Prayer to the conclusion (or, optionally, you stand)
Optionally, you can make a solemn bow at the Gloria Patri, whenever we say it. A solemn bow is a bow with the whole upper body, deep enough that you’d be able to touch your knees (but don’t). You’d bow for “Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit” and then rise for the second part of the prayer.
Make the Sign of the Cross at
- the opening preces of Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, or Compline at “O God make speed to save us”
- the beginning of the Gospel Canticles — the Benedictus, the Magnificat, and the Nunc dimittis
- the conclusion of the Creed
- the concluding sentence, e.g., “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.”
- The opening of Morning Prayer, “Lord open our lips”, gets a special sign of the cross. You can make a small, 1″ cross on your lips with the tip of your right thumb.
Finally, this will be the last regularly scheduled episode. I’ll answer any questions, and I might put out a short episode from time to time, but, my friends, we’ve reached the end of the Offices for now! Stay in touch. There’s a form on the About page.
Image: Roman Catholic monks of the Order of Saint Benedict singing Vespers on Holy Saturday at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey. By John Stephen Dwyer [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons