Early morning. Shortly, Lauds will begin. Domine, labia mea aperie (“O Lord, open thou my lips) has already started running through my head. But before one more thought about the office even had a chance, I was on to the rest of the day and its myriad of details!
I did not stop to realize that God was using the opening of the office to remind me to start the morning by talking to Him rather than mentally and emotionally racing off to a day without including Him.
The Divine Office – the Opus Dei as it was called by St. Benedict – was the very path God used to speak. This reminder from the Lord seemed to me a good thing to pass on – that chant is first and foremost, prayer and, indeed, conversation. Chant is a two-way exchange between the Lord and the person chanting. However, I did not have to actually be chanting for the chant to be this conduit of conversation.
As you have opportunity through your day, try pondering a chant that you know and have prayed and sung many times. You might find God speaking to you in a new way. Have a blessed week.