We invite you to join us this month to pray the Liturgy of the Hours with the universal Church. By marking the hours of the day and sanctifying our day with prayer, we are creating space for the Holy Spirit to work through us. Many of our sisters and brothers are feeling fear, loneliness and disconnected from one another. As we enter into the Easter season, let us unite in prayer with the Church, so that we may believe and come to know that we are never alone. We have risen into new life with Christ and He is always with us. Alleluia!
A brief description of the Liturgy of the Hours and how to incorporate the Hours into your prayer time can be found below. Also, please find below the resources to help you pray the Liturgy of Hours. Resources include an app, podcast, and website with all of the Scripture readings and prayers for every Hour of every day.
If you find the resources difficult to navigate and use in your prayer time, please call or email the Corpus Christi Parish Office. We’d be happy to print the Liturgy of the Hours for you.
Brief Description of Liturgy of the Hours
What is the Liturgy of the Hours?
The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office, is the official daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer. The Hours of prayer are a meditative dialogue on the mystery of Christ, using Scripture and prayer.
What does the Liturgy of the Hours consist of?
The Liturgy of the Hours contain a set selection of Psalms and Scripture readings that culminate in a scriptural prayer. These Scriptural prayers are designed to be prayed at certain times or hours of the day to sanctify our day with prayer. There are three major Hours and two to four minor Hours of the Divine Office.
The three major Hours prayed the most are:
- Office of Readings (Office of Readings contains more Psalms and Scripture readings than the rest of the Hours, and it is typically prayed first thing in the morning.)
- Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer is then prayed sometime in the morning after Office of Readings.)
- Evening Prayer. (Evening Prayer is prayed in the evening.)
The minor Hours are:
- Daytime Prayer. (Can be prayed at one or all of the minor prayer times: Midmorning, Midday, and Midafternoon.)
- Night Prayer. (Prayed before retiring for the day and going to sleep.)
In this way, the Divine Office invites you to a deeper understanding of Scripture by praying throughout your day with God’s word and His Church.
Who prays the Liturgy of the Hours?
In the Roman Catholic Church priests are required by canon law to pray the entire Liturgy of the Hours each day while deacons are required to pray the morning and evening hours. The Second Vatican Council also strongly encouraged the Christian laity to take up the practice, and as a result, many lay Catholic people have begun reciting the Liturgy of the Hours. This means, the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed by the Catholic people throughout the world every day. By praying this universal prayer, our prayers are united with the worldwide Church!
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Resources for Praying the Liturgy of the Hours
- Divine Office App
- Divine Office Podcast
- Divine Office Website