Our relationship with Christ and life in His Church are at the heart of Troop OR-1531. Although every moment is pregnant with opportunity to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, OR-1531 ensured that there was time set aside to pray as a Troop and with the Church.
Friday and Saturday evenings Troop OR-1531 prayer the divine office, the official prayer of the Church offered at various times of the day in order to sanctify it.
“The Divine Office owes its remote origin to the inspiration of the Old Covenant. God commanded the Aaronic priests (c.1280 BC) to offer a morning and evening sacrifice (Ex. 29:38-29). During the Babylonian Exile (587-521 BC), when the Temple did not exist, the synagogue services of Torah readings and psalms and hymns developed as a substitute for the bloody sacrifices of the Temple, a sacrifice of praise. The inspiration to do this may have been fulfillment of David’s words, “Seven times a day I praise you” (Ps. 119:164), as well as, “the just man mediates on the law day and night” (Ps. 1:2).
After the people returned to Judea, and the Temple was re-built, the prayer services developed in Babylon for the local assemblies (synagogues) of the people were brought into Temple use, as well. We know that in addition to Morning and Evening Prayer to accompany the sacrifices, there was prayer at the Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours of the day. The Acts of the Apostles notes that Christians continued to pray at these hours (Third: Acts 2:15; Sixth: Acts 10:9; 10: 3, 13). And, although the Apostles no longer shared in the Temple sacrifices—they had its fulfillment in the “breaking of the bread” (the Eucharist)—they continued to frequent the Temple at the customary hours of prayer (Acts 3:1).”
Each Trailman had a copy of the Evening Prayer. After a rambuntious campfire, the fathers and sons settled down, read from scripture, examined their conscience, and raised their peititons to God. Fr. John Arcidiacono was the leader. At the end of prayer the Trailmen sang the Salve Regina in latin, and in the darkness, with stars above and everyone around the campfire, it is very special.
Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that
awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.
Saturday afternoon, the Troop get ready for Mass at the campsite, to be celebrated by Fr. Dan Parish, C.S.C. The Mass is “the source and summit of the Christian life” in the Catholic Church where the Eucharist is consecrated. It was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, so the readings were Eucharistic Genesis 14:18-20, 1 Corinthains 11:23-26, and Luke 9:11B-17. The homily emphasized the Trail Life Motto, Walk Worthy as well as the importance of the Eucharist in our journey. Trailman served as acolytes and read the first and second readings.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.