Liturgy of the Hours

"Be assiduous in prayer at the hours and times appointed"

- Saint Augustine (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?  Have you ever admired those who have a regular consistent prayer life throughout the day?  The Roman Catholic Church provides us a gift called the Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer structure that marks the hours of the day, calling us to pray and sanctify the moments of the day to Christ.

It constitutes part of the public official worship of the Church for several reasons:

It is in effect the Church’s response to the Biblical exhortation for all Christians to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:16-18). Augustinian communities gather at least twice a day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours in common as part of our way of life.

Why Pray the LOH?

The Liturgy of the Hours constitutes part of the public official worship of the Church for several reasons:

  1. It is Scriptural in that it combines prayer and Scripture reading into one. It helps us to give praise and thanks, repent, and offer petitions throughout the day. From the earliest days of the Church the people of God have had a daily rhythm of prayer combining Psalms and other parts of Scripture.
  2. It contains the very prayers of Jesus Himself. When Jesus went off to pray, He would have utilized the Jewish Scriptures, which contain the Psalms.
  3. It is Liturgical in that it is part of the official public worship of the Church. The various prayers, Psalms, petitions, etc. of the daily Liturgy of the Hours are all linked to the particular liturgical season and Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials of the day.
  4. It unites the Universal Church throughout the day as the Liturgy of the Hours invites us to pray and reflect on the same prayers and readings as the Pope and millions of clergy, religious, and lay Catholics throughout the world.
  5. It flows from and into the Mass as itextends the prayers, graces, and fruits of the Mass into the hours of everyday life while also preparing us to fully, actively, and consciously participate in Mass.

*Adapted from The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey.

How to Pray

1. If you have access to a smartphone or tablet, we recommend downloading iBreviary, which provides easy and ready access to the prayers and readings of the day with the click of a button.  It further allows readings and prayers designated for Augustinian Feast Days.

2. If you do not have access to a smartphone or tablet and desire to use a computer, we recommend visiting the Universalis Website.

3. Alternatively, you can also purchase a print version of the Breviary which is what we use in our local communities. Several versions are available.

Reflections to Aid Your Prayer

Week I

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Week II

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Week III

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Week IV

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