The Liturgy of the Hours

Liturgy of the Hours

To pray The Liturgy of the Hours, please follow this link: http://www.universalis.com

The purpose of The Liturgy of the Hours is the sanctification of time.  It extends the Pascal Mystery in the Eucharist over the course of the hours of the day and is central to Benedictine spirituality.  The Rule of St. Benedict names The Liturgy of the Hours, “Opus Dei”, literally, “The Work of God.”  In his Rule, St. Benedict envelops The Liturgy of the Hours within his preeminent admonition of loving Christ above all things, using the identical emphasis, “prefer nothing to…”

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God” (RB 43:3)

“Prefer nothing whatever to Christ” (RB 72:11)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church beautifully describes how the Liturgy of the Hours is “The Work of God” and the participating role of His Church:

“In it (The Liturgy of the Hours) Christ himself “continues his priestly work through his Church”
—Catechism of the Catholic Church #1175

“The faithful who celebrate The Liturgy of the Hours are united to Christ our high priest, by the prayer of the Psalms, meditation on the Word of God, and canticles and blessings, in order to be joined with His unceasing and universal prayer that gives glory to the Father and implores the gift of the Holy Spirit on the whole world.”
—Catechism of the Catholic Church #1196

The structure of The Liturgy of the Hours is devised to cover all the hours of the day and night.  A significant portion of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict is devoted to instructions for The Liturgy of the Hours.

All are welcome to pray The Liturgy of the Hours with us in the Cor Jesu ChapelFor our prayer schedule click here.

For the Church documents regarding The Liturgy of the Hours, please follow this link: http://www.adoremus.org/LaudisCanticum.html

Wednesday, May 23

Wednesday, Seventh Week of Easter

And now I commend you to God
and to that gracious word of his that can build you up
and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.

(from Acts 20:28-38)

St. Paul certainly knew who that gracious word was:  Jesus.  His encounter with Him on the Road to Damascus changed him forever.  Our encounters with Jesus (in the Eucharist, in Confession, acts of kindness by others, etc.), and with His Word (Scripture), are meant to change us.  Unfortuantely too often we are hard hearted or thick headed, and fail to recognize our encounters with Jesus.  Jesus himself tells us that where two or three are gathered in my name I am there in the midst of them (Matt 18:20). 

During these days leading up to Pentecost, let us ask the Spirit to open our eyes and our hearts so that we may recognize our encounters with Jesus—no matter how large or small, they may be.