What is the Liturgy of the Hours?


​“Seven times a day I praise you.” – Psalm 118(119):164

“The purpose of the Divine Office is to sanctify the day and all human activity.”
– Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.

“The Office is… the prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God.”
– Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.

The Lord has commanded us to pray without ceasing, and this is what the Hours help us do.
Morning Prayer – at the start of the day’s work and the coming of the light.
Daytime Prayer – at mid-morning, noon and in the afternoon, to unite us
with the one for whom and through whom we are working.
Evening Prayer – at the end of the day’s work, to offer up what we have done.
Night Prayer – last thing at night, to commend our souls to God.
And finally, there is the magnificent Office of Readings,
at whatever time of day is best for us to reflect on the mystery of salvation,
with the help of Scripture and the writings of the Fathers of the Church.


SAINT OF THE DAY

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