Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours
The Prayer of the
Early Christians continued
the Jewish practice of reciting the psalms and reading the Old Testament at
various moments of the day (cf. Acts 10:3.9 and 16:25). To these the Christian
community through the centuries eventually added New Testament canticles and
readings. This series of biblical prayers became the public and official prayer
of the Church both in the East and in the West.
No longer just the
obligation of the religious and ordained ministers, the Church today exhorts the
laity to also pray the Liturgy of the Hours with the Church, for the Church and
through the Church.
To recite and meditate on God’s Word for
the day, click on the following links:
Vespers (Evening prayer of the day)
Compline (Night prayer of the day)