Liturgy of the Hours

“Be assiduous in prayer at the hours and times appointed.” (The Rule II, 10)

The Liturgy of the Hours

How does one stay connected to God throughout the ups and downs of day to day life?  The Roman Catholic Church provides us with a gift called the Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer structure that calls us to pray and sanctify the moments of the day to Christ.

Roman Catholic clergy and most consecrated religious are required to pray the Liturgy of the Hours every day.  Accordingly, Augustinian Friars pray the Liturgy of the Hours with their communities several times a day.  While there is no explicit requirement for the laity to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church does recommend it.  

The series of posts below explain why and how Augustinian Spirituality invites all members of the Body of Christ to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

Why Augustinians Pray the Liturgy of the Hours

Why do Augustinians pray the Liturgy of the Hours and how does that reason relate to the laity? The next series of posts will explore how Augustinian Spirituality invites all members of the Body of Christ to pray the psalms through the Liturgy of the Hours.

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Why Pray the Psalms?

Just as a child learns to write by copying the movements of a teacher, so we can learn to pray by copying the movements of the Holy Spirit. The Psalms offer us a way to discover the movements of the Spirit in our own prayer life.

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Praying the Psalms with Intention

If the Psalms help us copy the movements of the Spirit as we lift our needs and our experiences to God and the Liturgy of the Hours provides a structure for us to pray the Psalms, how do we identify intentions to bring with us to the Liturgy of the...

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Two Types of Psalms to Relate Our Lives To

The same Spirit that guided the prayer of the psalmist is the same Spirit that guides our prayer today. This post explores two types of psalms that afford us a model for praying for our needs and the needs of the world today.

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Praying the Psalms in Everyday Life

Everyday we face numerous distractions that can take our attention and devotion away from God. This post explores how the Liturgy of the Hours helps us remain in relationship with God throughout the day.

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