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This morning I could not find my book of prayers with the Liturgy of the Hours to do my morning prayer … I read some Psalms instead and tried to take some time to pray and praise God in the morning, soon after getting up and saying my morning offerings.

I have already posted an entry on the Divine Office here, but today I felt I wanted to write a new post, I think more to remind myself than anyone else, that as a Catholic, I am called to join the greater Church in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, the Public Prayer of the Church which, after the Holy Mass, is our most important form of Worshiping the Lord.

Many times I fail to set time aside to recite the Divine office and worship the Lord in the quiet of my mind or with beautiful chants and readings. In the midst of all that goes on in the day, maybe because I am not very good at keeping my schedules or just because I might forget…  May God forgive me for not blessing Him enough.

A rich prayer life is a great remedy for the maladies of the soul. May God help me and all of us to elevate our thoughts to Him at least Seven times a day, as did David. Amen!


 The Liturgy of the Hours

Traditional Roman Breviary

By the end of the fifth century, the Liturgy of the Hours was composed of a Vigil or Night Service and seven day offices, of which Prime and Compline seem to be the last to appear, since the fourth-century Apostolic Constitutions VIII, iv, 34 does not mention them in the exhortation: “Offer up your prayers in the morning, at the third hour, the sixth, the ninth, the evening, and at cock-crowing”.[3]

These eight hours are known by the following names:

  • Matins (during the night), sometimes referred to as Vigils or Nocturns, or in monastic usage the Night Office; in the Breviary of Paul VI it has been replaced by the Office of Readings
  • Lauds or Dawn Prayer (at Dawn)
  • Prime or Early Morning Prayer (First Hour = 6 a.m.)
  • Terce or Mid-Morning Prayer (Third Hour = 9 a.m.)
  • Sext or Midday Prayer (Sixth Hour = 12 noon)
  • None or Mid-Afternoon Prayer (Ninth Hour = 3 p.m.)
  • Vespers or Evening Prayer (“at the lighting of the lamps”)
  • Compline or Night Prayer (before retiring)

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