This website offers five daily Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office prayers in PDF formats, including Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night. to pray the entire Office, including the Office of Readings and. Daytime Prayer. Shorter The names “Liturgy of the Hours” and “Divine Office” are used. Word · Download a PDF of The Divine Office eBook PDF. Tweet about The Divine Office eBook Email The Divine Office eBook to a friend Share The Divine.
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Welcome to the Divine Office Community! Dear Community,. We have been a ministry dedicated to bringing the Liturgy of the Hours to everyone everywhere for . The Ministry of Divine Office has a mission to gather assets beneficial to our community in praying the Liturgy of the Hours. We appreciate contributions from you. The Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office is the official set of daily prayers The Roman Breviary was originally the Office of the canons of St. Peter's and the.
There are plenty of instructions and options, so read it all very carefully. If you are praying the Invitatory on your own, you will say the correct antiphon once, pray Psalm 95 and then recite the same antiphon at the end. When with others, you will recite the antiphon after every stanza. That means after praying a Psalm, you will have to flip the page backwards to recite the correct antiphon. This is important to remember and will be repeated in Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, etc. Typically it has special antiphons and prayers for the hours prayed on Sundays throughout the year. For now, you can place the ribbon on page
And finally, there is the magnificent Office of Readings , at whatever time of day is best for us to reflect on the mystery of salvation, with the help of Scripture and the writings of the Fathers of the Church.
The Liturgy of the Hours is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church, with prayers, psalms and readings for each of the Hours, changing each day and through the seasons.
But such riches come at a price. With more than a thousand different Hours every year, the books are thick and using them is complex. So complex that it is rare to find anyone reciting the Hours apart from the clergy and religious.
Which is not as it should be. If you have a registration code, click here for instructions. Read it here and now Follow the links on this page. There is one link for each Hour. They'll be on the left if your screen is wide, or at the top of page if it's narrow.
Bookmark them and they will always be within reach. As well as the Liturgy of the Hours, the readings at Mass are available. Vespers or Evening Prayer "at the lighting of the lamps", about 6 p. Compline or Night Prayer before retiring, about 7 p. This arrangement of the Liturgy of the Hours is described by Saint Benedict. However, it is found in Saint John Cassian 's Institutes and Conferences,  [ not in citation given ] which describe the monastic practices of the Desert Fathers of Egypt.
Current structure[ edit ] After the Second Vatican Council , which decided that the hour of prime should be suppressed,  Pope Paul VI decreed a new arrangement of the Liturgy of the Hours. The distinction, already expressed in the Code of Rubrics ,  between the three major hours Matins, Lauds and Vespers and the minor hours Terce, Sext, None and Compline has been retained. Deus, in adiutorium meum intende. Domine, ad adiuvandum me festina" God, come to my assistance; Lord, make haste to help me , followed by the doxology.
The verse is omitted if the hour begins with the Invitatory Lauds or Office of Reading. The Invitatory is the introduction to the first hour said on the current day, whether it be the Office of Readings or Morning Prayer.
The opening is followed by a hymn. The hymn is followed by psalmody. The psalmody is followed by a scripture reading. The reading is called a chapter capitulum if it is short, or a lesson lectio if it is long.
The reading is followed by a versicle. The hour is closed by an oration followed by a concluding versicle. Other components are included depending on the exact type of hour being celebrated. In each office, the psalms and canticle are framed by antiphons , and each concludes with the traditional Catholic doxology.
The Office of Readings consists of: opening versicle or invitatory a hymn three psalms or portions of psalms a long passage from scripture, usually arranged consecutively from the same book of the Bible for one or more weeks a long patristic or magisterial passage or, on the feast of a saint, a hagiographical passage concerning the saint on nights preceding Sundays and feast days, the office may be expanded to a vigil by inserting three Old Testament canticles and a reading from the gospels the hymn Te Deum on Sundays, solemnities, and feasts, except in Lent the concluding prayer a short concluding verse especially when prayed in groups The character of Morning Prayer is that of praise; of Evening Prayer, that of thanksgiving.
Both follow a similar format: opening versicle or for morning prayer the invitatory a hymn, composed by the Church two psalms, or parts of psalms with a scriptural canticle. At Morning Prayer, this consists of a psalm of praise , a canticle from the Old Testament, followed by another psalm. At Evening Prayer this consists of two psalms, or one psalm divided into two parts, and a scriptural canticle taken from the New Testament.
Benedicamus Domino R. Marian antiphon without versicle and concluding prayer; either one of the four traditional seasonal antiphons, or Sub Tuum, or another antiphon approved by the local episcopal conference; the Regina Caeli is always used in Eastertide. Usage[ edit ] An Invitatory precedes the canonical hours of the day beginning with the versicle "Lord, open my lips.
All psalms and canticles are accompanied by antiphons. Unless the Invitatory is used, each Hour begins with the versicle "God, come to my assistance. Each Hour concludes with a prayer followed by a short versicle and response. Matins or the Office of Readings is the longest hour. Before Pope Pius X's reform , it involved the recitation of 18 psalms on Sundays and 12 on ferial days. Pope Pius X reduced this to 9 psalms or portions of psalms, still arranged in three "nocturns", each set of three psalms followed by three short readings, usually three consecutive sections from the same text.
Pope Paul VI's reform reduced the number of psalms or portions of psalms to three, and the readings to two, but lengthened these. On feast days the Te Deum is sung or recited before the concluding prayer. After St.
Pius X's reform, Lauds was reduced to four psalms or portions of psalms and an Old Testament canticle, putting an end to the custom of adding the last three psalms of the Psalter — at the end of Lauds every day. The number of psalms or portions of psalms is now reduced to two, together with one Old Testament canticle chosen from a wider range than before. After these there is a short reading and response and the singing or recitation of the Benedictus. Vespers has a very similar structure, differing in that Pius X assigned to it five psalms now reduced to 2 psalms and a New Testament canticle and the Magnificat took the place of the Benedictus.
On some days in Pius X's arrangement, but now always, there follow Preces or intercessions. In the present arrangement, the Lord's Prayer is also recited before the concluding prayer. Terce, Sext and None have an identical structure, each with three psalms or portions of psalms.
These are followed by a short reading from Scripture, once referred to as a "little chapter" capitulum , and by a versicle and response.
Prime and Compline also were of similar structure, though different from Terce, Sext and None. Books used[ edit ] In monasteries and cathedrals, celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours became more elaborate.
Served by monks or canons, regular celebration required a Psalter for the psalms, a lectionary for the Scripture readings, other books for patristic and hagiographical readings, a collectary for the orations, and also books such as the antiphonary and the responsoriary for the various chants.
These were usually of large size, to enable several monks to chant together from the same book. Smaller books called breviaries a word that etymologically refers to a compendium or abridgment were developed to indicate the format of the daily office and assist in identifying the texts to be chosen. These developed into books that gave in abbreviated form because they omitted the chants and in small lettering the whole of the texts, and so could be carried when travelling.
By the 14th century, these breviaries contained the entire text of the canonical hours. The invention of printing made it possible to produce them in great numbers. In its final session, the Council of Trent entrusted to the Pope the revision of the breviary. Using language very similar to that in the bull Quo primum , with which he promulgated the Missal — regarding, for instance, the perpetual force of its provisions — he made it obligatory to use the promulgated text everywhere.
Should anyone, however, presume to commit such an act, he should know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul. Urban VIII made further changes, including "a profound alteration in the character of some of the hymns.
Although some of them without doubt gained in literary style, nevertheless, to the regret of many, they also lost something of their old charm of simplicity and fervour. Prime had already been abolished by the Second Vatican Council. Of the three intermediate Hours of Terce, Sext and None, only one was to be of strict obligation.
Recitation of the psalms and a much increased number of canticles was spread over four weeks instead of one. The reason for the omission is a certain psychological difficulty, even though the psalms of imprecation are in fact used as prayer in the New Testament, for example, Rv , and in no sense to encourage the use of curses.
The current typical edition for the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is the Liturgia Horarum, editio typica altera, promulgated in printed between and , and reprinted in This uses the Nova Vulgata Latin Bible for the readings, psalms and canticles rather than the Clementina. It has changed some of the readings and responsories according to the Nova Vulgata, and it provided for the Benedictus and Magnificat on Sundays with three antiphons each that reflect the three-year cycle of Gospel readings.
Verse numberings are added to the Psalms and the longer Scripture readings, while the Psalms are given both the Septuagint numbering and in parentheses that of the Masoretic text.