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May 2018 Newsletter

Posted by universalis on 10 May 2018

Happy Ascension!

The solemnity of the Ascension marks a change of gear in the Easter season, which now dedicates itself to looking forward to the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. The Second Readings in the Office of Readings for the next ten days devote themselves to this theme, and it is worth following them even if, in general, the Office of Readings is not part of your daily practice. There is nothing wicked about just looking at the Second Reading and skipping the rest!

Updates • Grail psalms • Lectio Divina book


To see the new dates for the Ascension in England and Wales, and the new world-wide memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church on Whit Monday, you need to have an up-to-date version of Universalis or Catholic Calendar. Updates ought to happen automatically but sometimes (especially on Android) they don’t. We have instructions for updating manually here.

The Grail psalms

The Grail psalms, which we use in the Liturgy of the Hours, are designed with a given number of stresses in each line. The number of syllables per line may vary from one verse to the next, but the stress pattern remains consistent throughout the psalm. As one might say:

When chánting each psálm,
the páttern of stréss is consístent.
If you lóok at the márks,
you will sée how the psálm should be chánted.

The latest versions of Universalis give you a choice between viewing the stress marks (if they are helpful) or hiding them (if they are distracting). A message in the first Hour you look at will ask you whether or not you want to include these marks; and you can change your mind later in the Settings page of the apps or (in the programs) in the Translation section of the program preferences.

A book on Lectio Divina

If you have only recently signed up to the Universalis mailing list, be reassured: it does not usually contain book reviews! But since so many of you wrote to say how happy you were that Universalis now contains a Lectio Divina page, it struck me that you might also be interested in a new book called “Waking up to God” by José Manuel Eguiguren, who is the founder of the Manquehue Apostolic Movement, a lay Benedictine movement in Santiago, Chile, which is now spreading its mission into Benedictine communities and schools in the United Kingdom and the USA.

“Waking up to God” is a testament to the power of Lectio Divina in shaping lives and societies. Do read the review by Dom Leo Maidlow-Davis on the Universalis blog – and perhaps even buy the book! (the review has a link for this).

One Response to “May 2018 Newsletter”

  1. Matthew Smith said

    Thanks for the chant marks!

    Matthew Smith
    (M) 0448 606 370
    (E) mtgsmith@hotmail.com

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