Finally, one of the antiphons in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary is said. Daytime prayer is so arranged as to take into account both those who recite only one hour and those who are obliged, or desire, to say all three hours. The cycle of readings from sacred Scripture in the office of readings takes into account both those special seasons during which by an ancient tradition particular books are to be read and the cycle of readings at Mass. 103. 223. 254. The declarations of Vatican Council II on liturgical singing apply to all liturgical services but in a special way to the liturgy of the hours. They can on occasion be recited as readings, but from their literary genre they are properly called Tehillim ("songs of praise") in Hebrew and psalmoi ("songs to be sung to the lyre") in Greek. 21. , 18. 230. 220. In the Latin tradition of psalmody three elements have greatly contributed to an understanding of the psalms and their use as Christian prayer: the captions, the psalm-prayers, and in particular the antiphons. Even when the liturgy of the hours is recited, not sung, each psalm retains its own antiphon, which is also to be said in private recitation. It is a general principle that care should be taken in liturgical services to see that "at the proper times all observe a reverent silence." 147. Different methods can therefore be used for the intercessions. . See also SC art. 200. 71. It is less closely linked with the text of the reading, however, and thus makes for a greater freedom in meditation. Jesus has commanded us to do as he did. The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office or the Work of God (Opus Dei), ... (General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours [GILH], no. The psalmody of morning prayer consists of one morning psalm, then a canticle from the Old Testament and, finally, a second psalm of praise, following the tradition of the Church. At the daytime hour, after the psalmody the short reading is omitted and the prayer is said at once and the dismissal takes place as at Mass. When clerics or religious who are obliged under any title to pray the divine office join in an office celebrated in common according to a calendar or rite different from their own, they fulfill their obligation in respect to the part of the office at which they are present. They instruct us on prayer in the Holy Spirit,  through Christ,  offered to God,  as to its persistence and constancy,  its power to sanctify,  and on prayer of praise,  thanks,  petition,  and intercession for all. Evening prayer, celebrated immediately before Mass, is joined to it in the same way as morning prayer. Morning Prayer "As is clear from many of the elements that make it up, morning prayer is intended and arranged to sanctify the morning. Offices to be Carried Out Chapter V-II. On feasts the same applies to the office of readings and to morning prayer and evening prayer. Readings From the Fathers and Church Writers. 270. After the psalmody there is a reading, followed by the responsory, Into your hands. And my mouth will proclaim your praise, and Ps 95. , The concern with prayer involves those especially who have been called by a special mandate to carry out the liturgy of the hours: bishops and priests as they pray in virtue of their office for their own people and for the whole people of God;  other sacred ministers, and also religious. Year II includes the later prophets, the wisdom literature, and the narratives in Esther, Tobit, and Judith. After this the Te Deum is sung and the prayer said. The beauty of their language often adds to this power. , Celebrated as it is as the light of a new day is dawning, this hour also recalls the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the true light enlightening all people (see Jn 1:9) and "the sun of justice" (Mal 4:2), "rising from on high" (Lk 1:78). At evening prayer, after the two psalms, a canticle of the New Testament is inserted, from the letters of the apostles or the Book of Revelation. There are also weekly series for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, In addition there are proper short readings for solemnities, feasts, and some memorials, as well as a one-week series for night prayer. The liturgy of the hours according to the Roman rite. The best source of information and instruction is the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours (GILH), found in the beginning of Volume I of the four-volume set, or online. 176. The Fathers and spiritual writers have frequently encouraged Christians, especially those who lead the contemplative life, to pray during the night. flag. In certain particular cases there is an option to choose texts different from those given for the day, provided there is no distortion of the general arrangement of each hour and the rules that follow are respected. The reading of sacred Scripture, which, following an ancient tradition, takes place publicly in the liturgy, is to have special importance for all Christians, not only in the celebration of the eucharist but also in the divine office. 121. Chapter IV: Various Celebrations Throughout the Year, Chapter IV-I. Its responsory follows the biblical reading in the office of readings. From the very beginning those who were baptized "devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the community, to the breaking of the bread, and to prayer" (Acts 2:42). 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Recognize therefore our own voice in him and his voice in us." Mind and voice must be in harmony in a celebration that is worthy, attentive, and devout, if this prayer is to be made their own by those taking part and to be a source of devotion, a means of gaining God's manifold grace, a deepening of personal prayer, and an incentive to the work of the apostolate. For Sunday, including its office of readings and daytime prayer, the psalms chosen are those that tradition has particularly singled out as expressions of the paschal mystery. 161. Office of ReadingsChapter II-IV. It is desirable that these be the readings from Exodus, Ezekiel, St. Paul, and from the Gospel. Still, it is permissible to say or sing the complete psalm without interruption, using only the first antiphon. The Apostle Paul exhorts us to offer prayers, petitions, intercessions, and thanksgiving for all: for kings and all in authority, so that we may be able to live quiet and peaceful lives in all reverence and decency, for this is good and acceptable before God our Savior, who wishes all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (I Tm 2:1-4). This would leave the liturgy of the hours with the less important passages and upset the sequence of texts. , United as they are with the bishop and the whole presbyterium, priests are themselves representative in a special way of Christ the Priest  and so share the same responsibility of praying to God for the people entrusted to them and indeed for the whole world. 183. On solemnities and feasts they are taken from the proper if they are given there; if not, they are taken from the common. This method of interpretation also flourished in the Middle Ages; in many manuscripts of the period the Christological meaning of each psalm was set before those praying by means of the caption prefixed. In this way human frailty, wounded by self-love, is healed in proportion to the love that makes the heart match the voice that prays the psalms. Only the Lord, without whom we can do nothing,  can, in response to our request, give power and increase to what we do,  so that we may be built up each day in the Spirit into the temple of God,  to the measure of Christ's fullness,  and receive greater strength also to bring the good news of Christ to those outside. 115. Among these solemnities Christmas and Pentecost are preeminent.  Members of religious institutes join with the community of the local Church in celebrating the dedication of the cathedral and the feasts of the principal patrons of the place and of the wider geographical region in which they live. The second reading is about the saint, with a proper responsory or one taken from the common; if there is no proper reading, the patristic reading for the day is used. R. Thanks be to God. 9. Therefore the cycle of readings from Scripture that is provided in the office of readings must not be set aside during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. , In their turn the readings and prayers of the liturgy of the hours form a wellspring of the Christian life: the table of sacred Scripture and the writings of the saints nurture its life and prayers strengthen it. 247. See SC art. 257. Further, the intentions are phrased as direct addresses to God and thus are suitable for both common celebration and private recitation. 280. It is the one Savior of his Body, the Lord Christ Jesus, who prays for us and in us and who is prayed to by us. 146. In addition to the readings that The Liturgy of the Hours assigns to each day, the optional lectionary supplies a larger collection, in order that the treasures of the Church's tradition may be more widely available to those who pray the liturgy of the hours. Seeking Christ, penetrating ever more deeply into his mystery through prayer  they should offer praise and petition to God with the same mind and heart as the divine Redeemer when he prayed. The primary aim must be to inspire hearts with a desire for genuine prayer and to show that the celebration of God's praise is a thing of joy (see Ps 147). The results are many The Head is Son of God and Son of Man, one as God with the Father and one as man with us. 26. Chapter III-III. 99. Combining the Hours With Mass or With Each Other, Chapter III: Different Elements in the Liturgy of the HoursChapter III-I. . 229. 29 are always to be respected.  Nevertheless, "the Church does not exclude any type of sacred music from liturgical services as long as the music matches the spirit of the service itself and the character of the individual parts and is not a hindrance to the required active participation of the people." The Roman ritual -- Christian initiation of adults -- Infant baptism -- Confirmation -- Holy Communion -- Reconciliation -- Rites for the sick -- Marriage -- Holy orders -- Part VI. 141. , 23. 237. 108. During the Easter triduum, on days within the octaves of Easter and Christmas, on solemnities and feasts, the psalms are proper, with their proper antiphons. 73. In the plan of the office, however, they are composed in such a way that they retain their power even in individual and private recitation. 205. In the intercessions at evening prayer the last intention is always for the dead. At morning prayer, the hymn, the antiphons, the short reading with its responsory, and the concluding prayer are proper. The laity must learn above all how in the liturgy they are adoring God the Father in spirit and in truth;  they should bear in mind that through public worship and prayer they reach all humanity and can contribute significantly to the salvation of the whole world. On weekdays in Ordinary Time the prayer is the one given in the four-week psalter to express the character of these two hours.  In the liturgy of the hours that the Church sets before them they are not only to find a source of devotion and a strengthening of personal prayer,  but must also nourish and foster pastoral missionary activity as the fruit of their contemplation to gladden the whole Church of God. Chapter III-XI. PAP. It is fitting that evening prayer be celebrated in a more solemn way to mark the ending of so holy a day and to commemorate the occasions when the Lord showed himself to his disciples. , Here and there in their letters the apostles have handed on to us many prayers, particularly of praise and thanks. See Col 3:17; Phil 4:6; 1 Thes 5:17; 1 Tm 2:1. . All sit to listen to the readings, except the gospel. 142. The prophets came almost to a vision of this liturgy of heaven as the victory of a day without night, of a light without darkness: "The sun will no more be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine upon you, but the Lord will be your everlasting light" (Is 60:19; see Rv 21:23 and 25). Psalms too long to be included in one hour of the office are assigned to the same hour on different days so that they may be recited in full by those who do not usually say other hours. The invitatory psalm with its antiphon may be omitted, however, when the invitatory is the prelude to morning prayer. 7. 70-73 about vigils must be kept in mind. As in the Lord's Prayer, petitions should be linked with praise of God and acknowledgment of his glory or with a reference to the history of salvation. Established seller since 2000. 84. When a daytime hour or evening prayer follows Mass, the Mass is celebrated in the usual way up to and including the prayer after communion. SCR, Instr. Moreover, it is in keeping with the poetic and musical character of the psalms that they do not necessarily address God but are sung in God's presence. 234-239). Without prejudice to the regulations just given, the office of readings may be recited at any hour of the day, even during the night hours of the previous day, after evening prayer has been said. The Fathers of the Church frequently explained this as an exhortation to offer prayer in the morning and in the evening. 62. In place of Ps 95, Ps 100, Ps 67, or Ps 24 may be used as circumstances may suggest. Evening prayer I of solemnities, Sundays, or feasts of the Lord falling on Sundays may not be celebrated until after Mass of the preceding day or Saturday. At daytime prayer, the hymn of the weekday is used, unless other directions are given.  In the liturgy of the hours we proclaim this faith, we express and nourish this hope, we share in some degree the joy of everlasting praise and of that day that knows no setting. 8. On many occasions he said: "Pray," "ask," "seek"  "in my name." General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS . Thus the wisdom psalms and the narrative psalms are perhaps better listened to, whereas psalms of praise and thanksgiving are of their nature designed for singing in common. 265. In the liturgy of the hours there is a longer reading of sacred Scripture and a shorter reading. 89. Celebrations in honor of the saints are either solemnities, feasts, or memorials. "God could give us no greater gift than to establish as our Head the Word through whom he created all things and to unite us to that Head as members. General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours book. After each reading there is a responsory (see nos. Graphic Violence ; Graphic Sexual Content ; texts. Thus its readings are drawn from sacred Scripture, God's words in the psalms are sung in his presence, and the intercessions, prayers, and hymns are inspired by Scripture and steeped in its spirit. 228-239). In private celebration, the calendar of the place or the person's own calendar may be followed, except on proper solemnities and on proper feasts. When they are proclaimed, great care should be taken that the reading is dignified, clear, and distinct and that it is really audible and fully intelligible for all. In praying the psalms we should open our hearts to the different attitudes they express, varying with the literary genre to which each belongs (psalms of grief, trust, gratitude, etc.) Three psalms (58, 83, and 109) have been omitted from the psalter cycle because of their curses; in the same way, some verses have been omitted from certain psalms, as noted at the head of each. 100. During privileged seasons, if it is desired to celebrate the office of a saint on a day assigned to his or her memorial: a. in the office of readings, after the patristic reading (with its responsory) from the Proper of Seasons, a proper reading about the saint (with its responsory) may follow, with the concluding prayer of the saint; b. at morning prayer and evening prayer, the ending of the concluding prayer may be omitted and the saint's antiphon (from the proper or common) and prayer may be added.Memorials of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. 33. From time to time some other more suitable reading may be used, in accordance with the rules in nos. For liturgical celebrations sung in Latin, Gregorian chant, as the music proper to the Roman liturgy, should have pride of place, all other things being equal. Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermo 3 in vigilia Nativitatis 1: PL 183 (ed. Communities bound to choir should celebrate the whole sequence of the hours daily in choir;  when absent from choir their members should recite the hours in keeping with their own particular law; but the prescriptions in no. Our sanctification is accomplished  and worship is offered to God in the liturgy of the hours in such a way that an exchange or dialogue is set up between God and us, in which "God is speaking to his people ... and his people are responding to him by both song and prayer." Those who act as readers, standing in a convenient place, read either the long readings or the short readings. In the liturgy of the hours the Church in large measure prays through the magnificent songs that the Old Testament authors composed under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. . 162. There we read of the disciples gathered together at the third hour. See General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar no. But it is permissible and commendable to read the complete passage from an approved text.Short Readings. The “General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours” is a long document which introduces ... 4 “General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours” nn. The one-year cycle is shortened in such a way that each year special passages from sacred Scripture are read, but in correlation with the two-year cycle of readings at Mass, to which it is intended to be complementary. "Keep watch, then, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether late or at midnight or at cockcrow or in the morning, so that if he comes unexpectedly he may not find you sleeping" (Mk 13:35-36). But besides the praise of God, the Church in the liturgy of the hours expresses the prayers and desires of all the faithful; indeed, it prays to Christ, and through him to the Father, for the salvation of the whole world. In the office for Sundays, solemnities, feasts of the Lord listed in the General Calendar, the weekdays of Lent and Holy Week, the days within the octaves of Easter and Christmas, and the weekdays from 17 to 24 December inclusive, it is never permissible to change the formularies that are proper or adapted to the celebration, such as antiphons, hymns, readings, responsories, prayers, and very often also the psalms. 245. Thus it is so constructed that, after a hymn, there is always psalmody, then a long or short reading of sacred Scripture, and finally prayer of petition. The psalms are not readings or prose prayers, but poems of praise. 45, which describes their importance in the liturgy of the hours. Hence, while the Christian people are all agreed on the supreme value to be placed on the psalms, they can sometimes experience difficulty in making this inspired poetry their own prayer. Lord, make haste to help me. 129. 201. The excellence of Christian prayer lies in its sharing in the reverent love of the only-begotten Son for the Father and in the prayer that the Son put into words in his earthly life and that still continues without ceasing in the name of the whole human race and for its salvation, throughout the universal Church and in all its members. Apart from Christmas eve, the combining of Mass with the office of readings is normally excluded, since the Mass already has its own cycle of readings, to be kept distinct from any other. The responsories following the readings in the office of readings by their very nature and function also call for their being sung. 53. In the Easter season this is always to be the Regina caeli. Great care must be taken not to allow popular songs that have no artistic merit and are not in keeping with the dignity of the liturgy. Chapter III-V. Canticles From the Old and New Testaments. These principles form the basis for the reform of the calendar, carried out by order of Vatican Council II, and for the plan for celebrating the saints in the liturgy of the hours that is described in the following paragraphs. The ecclesial community thus exercises a truly maternal function in bringing souls to Christ, not only by charity, good example, and works of penance but also by prayer. 4 and 8. The psalms are distributed over a four-week cycle in such a way that very few psalms are omitted, while some, traditionally more important, occur more frequently than others; morning prayer and evening prayer as well as night prayer have been assigned psalms appropriate to these hours. Download General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours book pdf free download link or read online here in PDF. The concluding prayer then follows, as it appears in the psalter. For this reason the singing of psalms, though it demands the reverence owed to God's majesty, should be the expression of a joyful spirit and a loving heart, in keeping with their character as sacred poetry and divine song and above all with the freedom of the children of God. 166. 169-172).  Hence, whenever it is possible to have a celebration in common, with the people present and actively taking part, this kind of celebration is to be preferred to one that is individual and, as it were, private. 190. Their public or communal celebration should be encouraged, especially in the case of those who live in community. 29. Chapter V: Rites for Celebration in Common, 253. This site is like a library, you could find million book here by using search box in the header. 31. a. Cathedral and collegiate chapters should celebrate in choir those parts of the liturgy of the hours that are prescribed for them by the general law or by particular law. Furthermore, in the office hymns are the main poetic element created by the Church. 211. VigilsChapter II-V. Daytime HoursChapter II-VI. In a celebration in public and with a congregation, it belongs by tradition to a priest or deacon to say this prayer. … In the interest of variety and especially of giving fuller expression to the many needs of the Church and of all people in relation to different states of life, groups, persons, circumstances, and seasons, different intercessory formularies are given for each day of the four-week psalter in Ordinary Time and for the special seasons of the liturgical year, as well as for certain feasts. The Constitution on the Liturgy directs that the office of readings, "though it should retain its character as a night office of praise when celebrated in choir, shall be adapted so that it may be recited at any hour of the day; it shall be made up of fewer psalms and longer readings." 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