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The Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office or canonical hours or Breviary, is the official set of daily prayers prescribed by some christian churches to be recited by clergy, religious institutes, and the laity.

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What are the differences between the various Liturgy of the Hours volumes?

I'm guessing there are other publishers, but I'm speaking specifically about the Catholic Book Publishing English version of the Liturgy of the Hours. I was on a retreat last weekend where we used ...
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When to repeat antiphons during the Liturgy of the Hours?

I've been praying the Morning and Evening prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours pretty consistently for the past few weeks. I've got the four volume set. I'd been praying the Invitatory for Morning ...
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Do clerics sin mortally if they omit one minor hour from LOH or pray them at the wrong time? [duplicate]

Do clerics (transitional deacons and priests) sin mortally if they omit one minor hour (minor hours are all except the office of readings, lauds, and vespers) from LOH without serious reason? If ...
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Which is the distribution of daily hours for Western (e.g. Benedictine) monks?

I've been searching for some reference to the "usual" distribution of hours in terms of sleep, prayer, reading, working, etc for Western monasteries but cannot find a good reference online. ...
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Is Sung Matins a form of mass?

I'm not familiar with Sung Matins, and was wondering if it's a form of mass, or something outside of mass. They're doing 30 minutes of carrols between the Sung Matins and Solemn High Mass, and is ...
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Why there isn't a daily prayer structure like Liturgy of the Hours among Protestants?

Why the protestants, (and I exclude Lutherans & Anglicans, maybe some Methodists too), don't have a daily prayer rule ? Even if it isn't as elaborate as the Catholic or Orthodox ones, they can ...
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How to learn to chant the Liturgy of the Hours?

I went to solemn vespers for the first time in my life last Friday and it was super awesome. I brought my liturgy of the hours book with, thinking I might need it, but they provided a card with the ...
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Do clerics commit a sin if they do not recite the liturgy of the hours?

According to the Code of Canon Law 1174, priests and deacons are obliged to recite the liturgy of the hours (divine office). If they do not do so, do they commit a sin (moral law)? Or is it only a "...
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Why does the Fifth Ode (Prayer of Isaiah) begin at verse 9 and end at verse 20?

Ode 5 in the LXX Book of Odes, and in the canon at Byzantine Orthros/Matins, starts at Isaiah 26:9. Why does it skip the first nine verses which open with the introduction making it clear the whole ...
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Posture when singing the Marian antiphon in the Evensong of the Divine Office of the Personal Ordinariates?

In the Roman Office, people, when singing the Marian antiphon, are expected to kneel while saying the Marian antiphon except on Sundays (Compline of the Roman Office by Benjamin Bloomfield. What ...
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Where is the martyrology in my breviary?

I'm trying to learn to use a physical breviary. So far it's been pretty smooth sailing, but today (Sunday Nov 12) has been a disaster. I try to compare what I'm praying from the breviary with what it ...
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How does the divine office compare between the different rites?

I'm wondering how the liturgy of the hours looks different in different quarters of the church. When Byzantine Christians pray the Divine Office, how is it different to when Latin Christians pray the ...
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What do the names of the different hours of the divine office mean? Where do they come from? (Etymology)

I was wondering what the different names of the various hours mean in the liturgy of the hours? Where did they come from and what is their significance? They sound badass, but it would be nice to know ...
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What are some uses of the Magnificat, Benedictus and Nunc Dimittis in the Eastern Rites?

I'm referring to Catholic Eastern rites, and possibly to Orthodox ones as well. I'd like to know their place in the Divine Office. Feel free to point the use in any rite (e.g., Byzantine, or other ...
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Using the invitatory at the office of Vigils

I read the Office of Readings every day. On Sundays and solemnities, I read it as a vigil office, before Compline/night prayer. I know broadly how to do it -- after the second responsory, you read ...
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How do small groups pray the Liturgy of the Hours?

At my troop's Federation of North American Explorers meetings, the leaders and the boys pray the Liturgy of the Hours together sometimes for our prayer at the end of meetings. We often do it with ...
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Different Lectionary Readings For Sundays

According to The Episcopal Church, there are (for the most part) two sets of lectionary readings on a given Sunday. Ostensibly, one is for observance of The Daily Office and the other is for The Holy ...
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Saying the concluding prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours

One of the most confusing bits of the Liturgy of the Hours is the concluding prayer for the offices. There are lots of bits in different brackets, and the "long ending" (through our Lord Jesus Christ ...
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Why is saying Vespers on Holy Thursday and Good Friday discouraged?

According to my copy of ''The Divine Office'' (the UK/Australia edition of the Liturgy of the Hours/Roman Breviary), on Holy Thursday and Good Friday the saying of Vespers is discouraged: Evening ...
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In Catholic evening prayer, why do some days have Psalm prayers, other days do not?

Nov 9, feast of St. John Lateran, feast, evening prayer, no psalm prayer. Nov 10, St Leo, pope and Doctor, memorial,, evening prayer, psalm prayer. Nov 11, St Martin of tours, bishop, memorial, ...
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What's the name of this setting for the Angelus?

Here's a YouTube video of an English-language setting of the Angelus that appears to be popular among Anglo-Catholics (it's used at Pusey House)...I've not been able to find the name of the hymn tune. ...
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What is omitted from the current Western, Catholic Psalter?

I know that there are at least two Pslams omitted from the current Breviary, and I know that some pieces of others are missing (Psalm 136, for example, is missing the verse about dashing baby's skulls ...
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"You must use the psalms of the day at Sext" - why?

I've recently taken to praying the Liturgy of the Hours using the Universalis program. This is fabulous in all kinds of ways. Today, however, I found something that I didn't understand. Normally at ...
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Why did Protestants abandon Liturgy of the Hours?

In Divine office or Liturgy of the Hours as it is practiced in Catholic Church there's nothing bad for Protestants (or at least nothing of which I know that Protestants consider bad); prayer is good ...
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What translation does the Catholic Breviary of England use for Psalms?

I've heard that in England the Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours uses a different translation for the readings from the U. S. (Specifically, the British use Jerusalem Bible in their liturgies (...
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Should praying the Liturgy of the Hours in private be out loud or silent?

For the laity, when praying the Liturgy of the Hours in private, is it more in keeping with tradition to you pray out loud or silently or does it matter? Also, do you change the way you repeat ...
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