TO DAILY PRAY THE PSALMS AND SCRIPTURE
LECTIO DIVINA OF THE PROPHET DANIEL
THE TERM DIVINE OFFICE MEANS DIVINE DUTY
AND REFERS TO THE OBLIGATION OF ALL CLERGY
IN THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH TO DAILY
OFFER THE MASS AND DAILY PRAY AND STUDY
THE SCRIPTURES ACCORDING TO THIS ANCIENT FORMAT.
TO PRAY AS DID THE EARLY CHURCH
“YOU ARE MISTAKEN, NOT KNOWING THE
SCRIPTURES NOR THE POWER OF GOD”
(Jesus Christ reported in Matthew 22:29)
THE LECTIO DIVINA OF THE PROPHET DANIEL
IS A GIFT FROM THE ANCIENTS TO US TODAY
AND OUR LEGACY TO A GENERATION NOT YET BORN
Now, when Daniel knew this, that is to say, that the law was made,
he went into his house: and opening the windows in his upper chamber
towards Jerusalem, he knelt down three times a day, and adored and
gave thanks before his God, as he had been accustomed to do before.
The Lectio Divina of the Prophet Daniel is designed to be prayed
three times a day. Three Chapters from Scripture with the
attendant Psalm is prayed in the morning, one at
mid-day and three at evening time. The practice of reading and
praying the Scriptures three times a day was a firmly established
practice in the Jewish community before and during the life of Christ.
To this day, the Orthodox Jews continue to pray three
times a day. This practice, evidenced by the
Prophet Daniel continues in the Celtic Orthodox Church today.
CHRIST AND THE APOSTLES PRAYED THREE TIMES A DAY
The first coincided with the morning sacrifice, at the 3rd hour of
the morning, at 9 A.M. The second was at the 6th
hour, or at noon, and coincided with the thanksgiving for the
chief meal of the day. The 3rd hour of prayer coincided
with the evening sacrifice, at the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.)
"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and he
shall hear my voice." Psalm 55:17
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his
house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he
kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks
before his God, as he had done before."
DANIEL PRAYED THE SCRIPTURES AND PSALMS THREE TIMES A DAY
“In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the
Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the
prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.” (Daniel 9:2)
THIS OLD TESTAMENT PRACTICE WAS CARRIED
ON BY THE APOSTLES AND THE EARLY CHURCH
Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer.
Acts 10: 3
This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the
day, an angel of God coming in unto him and saying to him: Cornelius.
And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey and
drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the
house to pray, about the sixth hour.
And Cornelius said: Four days ago, unto this hour, I was praying in
my house, at the ninth hour and behold a man stood before me in
white apparel and said:
THE PRACTICE OF PRAYING AT THE
3RD, 6TH, AND 9TH HOURS LIVES ON IN
THE CHURCH AS THE LECTIO DIVINA
THAT IS PRAYED THREE TIMES A DAY.
THREE CHAPTERS IN THE MORNING,
ONE CHAPTER IN THE AFTERNOON
AND THREE CHAPTERS IN THE EVENING.
Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.
Daily praying the Scriptures
is part of the faith as once delivered to the Saints.
(Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.)
“IGNORANCE OF SCRIPTURE IS
IGNORANCE OF JESUS CHRIST”
Soul saving repentance is not possible apart from praying the Scriptures, as the Scriptures in a unique way convict us of sin. Through the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit speaks to our heart, soul and mind of the need for repentance and through the Word of God blesses us with the grace of conversion leading to salvation in Christ.
Without the Scriptures it is impossible to know Jesus or understand the power of God.
The Spirit in the words of Scriptures reverberates in the heart creating a closer union with Christ and through Christ with the Father. This “Synergy with the Father in Christ” is the product of the Holy Spirit and can only come to fruition through the abiding presence of the Word of God.
Christ continues to bring the love of the Father to His people and reveal His own love for us from the Tabernacle on the Altar. Christ continues to be our Savior, our Redeemer, our life, our sweetness and our hope. From the Tabernacle on the Altar Christ ALONE remains the gate of Heaven, the SOLE arbiter and dispenser of all God’s Graces and gifts; The Mediator of all graces. We are healed by the Sacred Wounds of Christ, we are redeemed by His Precious Blood and we are made clean by His spoken word. It is impossible to be sealed in the Blood of the Lamb without also experiencing the spoken Word of God by which we are made clean. (John 15:3)
St. Benedict calls the disciple to the school of the Gospel: “Let us walk in the paths of the Lord by the guidance of the Gospel” (R Prol). By these words the Father of monks expresses his intention to establish a life patterned after the Gospel. This is the only true foundation on which a community rests. St. Benedict was well aware that his work represented an embodiment of the Gospel. St. Benedict called praying the Scriptures the “OPUS DEI”, which is Latin for “WORK OF GOD.”
THE MASS AND THE PRAYING OF SCRIPTURE ARE
The Anglo-Celtic Lectio Divina
of the prophet Daniel
CELTS ARE ISRAELITES UNDER ANOTHER NAME
The word Celt is the Anglicized form of the Greek word Keltoi, which means "the people who are different." In Scripture, all nations, except the Twelve Tribes of Israel, are referred to as Gentiles (Foreigners), so the only people who are different are Israel. The word Celt is therefore another word for Israelite. The Celts are part of the Ten "lost" Tribes of Israel; as are the Tuatha de Danaan and Milesians. The Irish people are a mixture of Celts; Danaans; Milesians; Judah/Zarahites (of the "Red Hand" - Genesis 38:28-30); (Dan-ish) Vikings and Norsemen and are all racially cousins.
THE CELTS, ACCORDING TO GOD, ARE ISRAELITES.
The word British is not English; it is Hebrew.
Brit (Berit) means Covenant in Hebrew and Welsh
Ish means man or people of, in Hebrew and English
Therefore British means The People of The Covenant,
in other words, the People Israel of The Covenant.
However, the Celtish / Irish people are Israelites descended from Jacob/Israel's fifth of his twelve sons, who was called Dan and fathered the Tuatha de Danaan - the Tribe of Dan (the Irish and Danish). Therefore the Irish people are Celtish / British-Israelites by birth i.e. People of The Covenant in the Torah in the Bible and in The Ark, which is buried at Tara.
The Celtic Orthodox Lectio Divina opens with the “Songs of Ascent. The Songs of Ascent appear in Hebrew and English on the wall at the entrance to the City of David, Jerusalem, Israel.
Songs of Ascent is a title given to text Psalm 120 – 134. Each psalm starts with the ascription Shir Hama'aloth (Hebrew: שיר המעלות, meaning "Song of Ascent"). They are also variously called Gradual Psalms, Songs of Degrees, Songs of Steps or Pilgrim Songs.
The worshippers sang these psalms as they ascended up the road to Jerusalem to attend the three pilgrim festivals (Deuteronomy 16:16) or by the kohanim (priests) as they ascended the fifteen steps to minister at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Each Psalm ends with “Holy God, Mighty God, God Immortal have mercy on us”.
After praying the Psalms of Ascent as shown above, Psalm 95 closes out the preface.