The first day of the Fota Liturgical Conference was held today in Cork, Ireland, with four lectures on the theme “Psalliter Sapienter: The Liturgy of the Hours.”Dom Benedict Andersen OSB of Silverstream Priory delievered a paper entitles “Erant Semper in Templo: The Divine Office in the Life of the Church.” The history of the Divine Office (the Church’s daily pensum servitutis or bounden duty), is the gradual unfolding of the image with which the Evangelist Luke closes his Gospel, “They were continually in the Temple, praising and blessing God”, and which he immediately resumes in the Book of Acts, speaking of perseverance

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