Lent – Guidelines

•An Office is a time to STOP, SLOW DOWN, CENTER and PAUSE to be with Jesus. Our goal is to create a continual and easy familiarity with God’s presence each day.
•Start modestly, beginning with one Office before trying to do all of them regularly. Otherwise you risk getting discouraged and giving up entirely. Start slowly.
•Notice the silence at the beginning and conclusion of each Office. Consider being silent for 30-45 seconds between the readings/prayers also. When silent, seek to sit still and straight. Breathe slowly, naturally and deeply. Close your eyes, remaining present. Don’t hurry! If God leads you to pause at a certain phrase or verse, stay with that. Less can be more.
•Be sure to read the texts/prayers aloud (if in private), slowly, prayerfully and thoughtfully.