November 15, 2010

What's New In & Around the Virtual Abbey (III)

Interested in getting more involved with the Virtual Abbey prayer community? Contact us via Twitter or by email: info@thevirtualabbey.com

While we do indeed believe "spiritual life transcends boundaries of time and place," that doesn't stop us from noticing how quickly time moves, even when virtual community is involved. Especially when virtual community is involved? It's a mystery. Here's what's not a mystery: the impact of praying the Daily Office.

On this Monday morning, our Twitter follower count is 2550. We follow 966 individuals who have, either at one point or regularly, prayed with us. Over at Facebook, 608 people "like" us, which is pretty amazing since we tend to underuse our Facebook page. I know the numbers will change by the time we pray Compline tonight.

But it's not about the stats. We'd pray the Daily Office via Twitter even if everyone "unfollowed" us. Yes, a prayer uttered with no one around makes a sacred sound. We regularly come to this conclusion, doing so most recently during last week's bi-monthly Chapter Meeting. Other items of note:

On Twitter: We've started offering Vespers (Evening prayer) on Tuesdays and one evening during the weekend. Very interesting to see who shows up for which prayers; seems to depend on schedules and time zones ─ and temperament. Me? I'm a Sext, Vespers n' Compline kind of gal.

On our blog: Hope you've noticed we've added more reviews of smartphone applications and music in addition to books. (Feel free to send us reviews you've written.) We've also been blessed to have Martin Dickinson's six-month series, Poem and Prayer which, alas, will end in December.

At Raima Larter's suggestion and inspired by the Ignatian Spirituality series, Picturing God, we've just started Images of the Divine, to illustrate verses from the Psalter with photos or artwork from our members. (We welcome your participation! Send us the image as well as the verse you want to illuminate.)

Holy Days and Holidays: We will, of course, continue praying the Daily Office during Advent and Christmas but plan to add some liturgical season-specific goodies to our blog and tweets.

As always, there's more, like our plans to migrate everything from Blogger to WordPress, but that's just the technical stuff of virtual community. At the heart is our Benedictine-inspired practice of praying the Daily Office via Twitter ─ with you. Thanks be to God!

Pax max,
Meredith


5 comments:

Karen Twinem said...

Hi: I just wanted to let you know that I pray with you everyday via Twitter. I am usually an hour or so behind you, but it's a very helpful discipline in my life.

Best,
Karen Twinem
@ktwinem

deodate said...

St. Benedict would be delighted that you have shared his beautiful spirituality with so many.
Andie

Denise said...

It’s always encouraging to see how many people are drawn to online prayer efforts, as your stats show. I’ll be sure to follow the new Images of the Divine series too, and I look forward to seeing what you have planned for Advent and Christmas. Thanks for the updates.

Denise said...

It’s always encouraging to see how many people are drawn to online prayer efforts, as your stats show. I’ll be sure to follow the new Images of the Divine series too, and I look forward to seeing what you have planned for Advent and Christmas. Thanks for the updates.

Meredith Gould said...

Well, the first thing we're going to do for Advent is change everything to violet, except on the 3rd Sunday, when everything goes pink, er, rose!