The Liturgy of the Hours

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The following is an outline of the order of Morning and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.  It is meant to assist people in praying the Divine Office, which can seem difficult and complicated, at least until one understands the simple form.  There is also a link below to my YouTube channel that provides organ accompaniment to the hymns and chants of the Divine Office.

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Order of Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Introduction:
“God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.  Alleluia.”  [Note: omit Alleluia during Lent]

Hymn

2 Psalms and Old Testament Canticle, with their antiphons

Short biblical reading [Suggestion: substitute the Gospel from the day’s Mass]

Responsory

Gospel Canticle:
– Antiphon
– Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus)

Intercessions

Lord’s Prayer

Prayer (Collect from Mass) Conclusion:
“May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.”

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Order of Evening Prayer (Vespers)

Introduction:
“God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.  Alleluia.”  [Note: omit Alleluia during Lent]

Hymn

2 Psalms and New Testament Canticle, with their antiphons

Short biblical reading [Suggestion: substitute the Gospel reading from the day’s Mass]

Responsory Gospel Canticle:
– Antiphon
– Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)

Intercessions

Lord’s Prayer

Prayer (Collect from Mass)

Conclusion:
“May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.”

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Catholic Hymns and Chants

“Catholic Hymns and Chants” is a YouTube channel that provides organ accompaniment to the hymns and chants used in the Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, Benediction, and other rites of the Church.  Its primary purpose is to assist people in learning the finer music used in Catholic devotion, especially the Divine Office.  Additional instrumental pieces are offered for edification.  New music will continuously be added to the channel.

The following is a link to “Catholic Hymns and Chants:”

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC93d4nlvOo-iW_DMkWwpycA/feed?view_as=public&disable_polymer=1

And a sample: