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Liturgy of the Hours 2018-04-25T20:06:12+00:00
TODAY’S READINGS

Air Times

The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio broadcasts the Liturgy of the Hours prayers three times daily: 5 am, 3 pm, and 9:30 pm.

5:00 am – Morning Prayer

We pray the Divine Office Morning Prayer, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Most Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica.

3:00 pm – Holy Hour

We pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Office of Readings, and the Most Holy Rosary.

9:30 pm – Night Prayer

We pray the Divine Office Night Prayer, followed by Food for the Journey with Sister Ann Shields.

About the Liturgy of the Hours

In First Thessalonians chapter 5, verse 17, St. Paul tells us to “pray constantly.” One great way to develop a habit of prayer is the Liturgy of the Hours. Also known as the Divine Office or Breviary, the Liturgy of the Hours is the daily prayer of the Church. It is a selection of readings from Sacred Scripture, writings from saints and theologians and small reflections, prayed at different times of the day. Using both scripture and prayer, each day is sanctified through dialogue based on the words and wisdom of God. The Liturgy of the Hours originated with the early Christians who followed the Apostles’ practice of praying at certain times each day. Prayed daily by priests and other clergy, laypeople are also finding it to be a great way to draw closer to God.

Together with the Holy Eucharist and the other six sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours makes up the whole of the Sacred Liturgy. As such the Liturgy of the Hours shares a privileged place in the Church’s patrimony of prayer. Paragraph 1178 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

“The Liturgy of the Hours, which is like an extension of the Eucharistic celebration, does not exclude but rather in a complimentary way calls forth the various devotions of the People of God, especially adoration and worship of the Blessed Sacrament.”

 

Further Reading

You can learn about the Liturgy of the Hours from St. Thomas More House of Prayer, a Catholic retreat center whose mission is to pray and promote the Liturgy of the Hours. Their website is liturgyofthehours.org, which also features an outstanding four volume set of books about The Liturgy of the Hours.