Greg Herr and Karen Lee-Thorp, oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of Oblates of St. John’s Abbey, are mentioned and quoted in this article on praying the liturgy of the hours.
(Hood-doff to Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B., for pointing out the article.)
“Greg and Karen Herr, lay Benedictines at Blessed John Henry Newman Church in Pasadena, told Angelus News they use the Daily Office of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The ordinariate’s English-Catholic form of the Liturgy of the Hours traces its lineage through the English Church’s Book of Common Prayer tradition. Anglicans retained the medieval Catholic practice of praying or chanting Morning Prayer (Mattins) and Evening Prayer (Evensong) throughout the week — a living tradition restored to Catholic practice through the Ordinariate.
“Greg explained that the daily office helps him stay focused in prayer by providing the structure, with set psalms and readings, including passages that he would never have thought to read on his own.
“‘Praying the office aligns my heart with what the saints have said throughout the centuries,’ he said.
“Karen said she particularly loves the canticles, particularly in Evening Prayer: such as the Phos Hilaron, the Magnificat (Canticle of Mary) and the Nunc Dimittis (the Canticle of Simeon). The “Prayer Book English” of the daily office, she added, was written by people who have a “real ear for poetry,” especially the psalter rendered into English in 1535 by Myles Coverdale, which formed generations of Catholics and Anglicans in the English-speaking world. Karen said the poetic rhythms makes it “stick in the heart better.”
“‘In particular when we pray together, or when we pray at church, that tends to be a very fruitful exercise for me,’ she said. Getting together with other people is difficult, given the highway traffic of Southern California. But the Kerrs said they have benefited from the internet, where they use a website (called prayer.covert.org) to look up the daily offices and sometimes pray with others through the website’s call-in number.”