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Liturgy of the Hours

 

Parishioners who are interested in participating in the Liturgy of the Hours will begin to say Morning Prayer during Lent. These prayers will take 10 to 15 minutes of our time in giving praise and glory to God and are planned along with Mass or other devotionals to make the time convenient.  

Note: The Liturgy of the Hours Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am Monday through Saturday during Lent.  All are welcome to come and see and learn about this beautiful liturgy. No obligation to continue praying this liturgy is required. Liturgy prayer books will be provided.

The Liturgy of the hours

 The Liturgy of the Hours is a liturgy, a formal rite for public worship that is prayed at certain hours of a twenty-four hour day. The Liturgy of the Hours contains psalms and readings that were said by Jesus in the Temple and the saints throughout history. These prayers help us to connect to and be in communion with all who pray them throughout the world including our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and to Our Lord.

It is good to begin understanding the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) by looking at the Bible. Review Mark 15:25-34 and pay attention to the different hours that are described. You will notice that Jesus was crucified at the third hour and that darkness fell over the land from the sixth to the ninth hour. Today, these hours correspond to 9:00 am (third hour) and darkness covered the land from noon to 3 pm (sixth to the ninth hour). In biblical times, people told time using “hours” instead of “o’clock”.  The Liturgy of the Hours is a liturgy, a formal rite for public worship that is prayed at certain hours of a twenty-four hour day.

To pray the Liturgy of the Hours, certain prayers were composed to pray “around the clock”. These formal prayers are called Offices. The official offices written by the Church are called the Divine Office. The Divine Office contains seven daily sets of prayers that correspond to seven specific timeframes of prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. Therefore, the Liturgy of the Hours and the Divine Office are used synonymously when referring to this prayer tradition. The names for these traditional sets of prayer are:  Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Midmorning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Midafternoon Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer. In earlier times, religious men and women in monasteries and in religious communities prayed the Divine Office seven times a day. Some clergy, consecrated religious and members of the laity still do. However, many pray the Liturgy of the Hours two or three times a day.

Interested Parishioners at Saints Peter and Paul Parish will begin to say Morning Prayer during Lent at 8:00 am Monday through Saturday. These prayers usually take between 10 to 15 minutes of our time to pray.