www.vatican.va. . The liturgy of the hours is a celebration in praise of God. 125. When a psalm may be divided because of its length into several sections within one and the same hour, an antiphon is given for each section. The Roman Missal is the book containing the prescribed prayers, chants, and instructions for the celebration of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church. The liturgy of the hours according to the Roman rite. 119. The intercessions in a celebration with a congregation or in common are thus introduced by a brief invitation, given by the priest or minister and designating the single response that the congregation is to repeat after each petition. Then, in different places, it soon became the established practice to assign special times for common prayer, for example, the last hour of the day when evening draws on and the lamp is lighted, or the first hour when night draws to a close with the rising of the sun. . When the Word, proceeding from the Father as the splendor of his glory, came to give us all a share in God's life, "Christ Jesus, High Priest of the new and eternal covenant, taking human nature, introduced into this earthly exile the hymn of praise that is sung throughout all ages in the halls of heaven." 161), in preference to the second reading appointed for the day. Indeed, it is the prayer of the Church with Christ and to Christ. Download PDF General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours Authored by United States Conference of Catholic Bis Released at - Filesize: 3.04 MB Reviews It is really an remarkable book which i have ever go through. See also Eph 5:19-21. At night prayer, everything is said as on Sundays, after evening prayer I and II respectively. In the liturgy of the hours there is a longer reading of sacred Scripture and a shorter reading. The liturgical practice of saying these three hours is to be retained, without prejudice to particular law, by those who live the contemplative life. After the psalmody there is a reading, followed by the responsory, Into your hands. His prayer in the recitation of the liturgy of the hours is always made in the name of the Church and on behalf of the Church entrusted to him. On the Monday after Pentecost Sunday the cycle of readings in Ordinary Time is resumed, beginning with the week after the one interrupted because of Lent; the reading assigned to the Sunday is omitted. The complementarity between the readings in the liturgy of the hours and in the Mass in no way assigns the same texts to the same days or spreads the same books over the same seasons. Readings from Sacred Scripture Chapter III-VII. 3, 3: PL 49, 124, 125. 217. If public celebration of a daytime hour, whichever corresponds to the time of day, is immediately followed by Mass, the whole celebration may begin in the same way, either with the introductory verse and hymn for the hour, especially on weekdays, or with the entrance song, procession, and celebrant's greeting, especially on Sundays and holydays; one of the introductory rites is thus omitted. The witness of the early Church teaches us that individual Christians devoted themselves to prayer at fixed times. 183. At evening prayer II the psalms and canticles are proper; the intercessions are either proper or from the common. There are two cycles of biblical readings. 40. Psalms and Their Connection With Christian Prayer. 153. See SC art. 45, which describes their importance in the liturgy of the hours. Hence, the one whose resurrection we celebrate by keeping watch a little longer will see to it that we reign with him by living a life without end." On other days the prayers are those that express the character of the particular hour. Those who pray the psalms in the name of the Church should be aware of their full sense (sensus plenus), especially their Messianic sense, which was the reason for the Church's introduction of the psalter into its prayer. The priest or minister may say both parts of the intention and the congregation respond with a uniform response or a silent pause, or the priest or minister may say only the first part of the intention and the congregation respond with the second part.Lord's Prayer. See also Mt 4:1 and par. 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. 56. PAP. 99. In addition, on the solemnity of the Epiphany and the feast of the Transfiguration the canticle is from the First Letter to Timothy; this is indicated in those offices. This custom should be maintained and fostered, according to the particular usage of each Church. . Public and common prayer by the people of God is rightly considered to be among the primary duties of the Church. 34-36). Basil the Great, Regulae fusius tractatae resp. 240. 67. 264. The liturgy of the hours, like other liturgical services, is not a private matter but belongs to the whole Body of the Church, whose life it both expresses and affects. 259. In the absence of a priest or deacon the celebration concludes with May the Lord bless us, etc. 141. Readings From the Fathers and Church Writers. 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. 155. In addition to the series handed down from the ancient Roman tradition and the other series introduced into the breviary by St. Pius X, several other canticles have been added to the psalter from different books of the Old Testament, in order that each weekday of the four-week cycle may have its own proper canticle and on Sunday the two sections of the Canticle of the Three Children may be alternated. 15. Following this line of thought, the Fathers of the Church saw the whole psalter as a prophecy of Christ and the Church and explained it in this sense; for the same reason the psalms have been chosen for use in the liturgy. 57. The short responsory after the reading at morning prayer and evening prayer (see no. The General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours (GILH) can be found in Volume I of the four-volume set. As far as possible, each passage read keeps to a certain unity. 120. In a celebration with a congregation a short homily may follow the reading to explain its meaning, as circumstances suggest. The beauty of their language often adds to this power. The Te Deum is not said. 133. flag. In place of the Sunday psalms of the current week, there is an option to substitute the Sunday psalms of a different week, and, in the case of an office celebrated with a congregation, even other psalms especially chosen to lead the people step by step to an understanding of the psalms. 76. On memorials of the saints they are similarly taken from the current week and day of the psalter, unless there are proper psalms or antiphons (see nos. 68. At the beginning of each psalm its own antiphon is always to be recited, as noted in nos. The variation of the invitatory antiphon, to suit the different liturgical days, is indicated at its place of occurrence. The responsories and the portions to be repeated even in private recitation therefore retain their value. When a bishop presides, especially in the cathedral, he should be attended by his college of priests and by ministers and the people should take a full and active part. The writings of the Fathers are an outstanding witness to the contemplation of the word of God over the centuries by the Bride of the incarnate Word: the Church, "possessing the counsel and spirit of its Bridegroom and God,"  is always seeking to attain a more profound understanding of the sacred Scriptures. 182. 52. This is why prophetic books are read along with the historical books, but with due consideration of the period in which the prophets lived and taught. 221. , Chapter II-VII. 113-120. . The liturgy of the hours is then not seen as a beautiful memorial of the past demanding intact preservation as an object of admiration; rather it is seen as open to constantly new forms of life and growth and to being the unmistakable sign of a community's vibrant vitality. It seeks to restore the eucharistic rites to ancient norms. 181. 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. Night prayer is said as on ordinary days. General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours By United States Conference of Catholic Bis 2003. 191. The origin of these verses gives them great power to raise the mind to God, to inspire devotion, to evoke gratitude in times of favor, and to bring consolation and courage in times of trial. 171. It is of the essence of the Church to be visible yet endowed with invisible resources, eager to act yet intent on contemplation, present in this world yet not at home in it." On memorials of saints when the celebration is not impeded, the reading in connection with the saint replaces the current second reading (see nos. Antiphons and Other Aids to Praying the Psalms Chapter III-III. . 27. 43. A: It depends in which country you are living and on the liturgical dispositions in force. Though prayer in private and in seclusion  is always necessary and to be encouraged  and is practiced by the members of the Church through Christ in the Holy Spirit, there is a special excellence in the prayer of the community. On the great feasts especially, the choice of psalms is often based on their Christological meaning and antiphons taken from these psalms are frequently used to throw light on this meaning.  Again, in order to fix our hope on the light that knows no setting, "we pray and make petition for the light to come down on us anew; we implore the coming of Christ who will bring the grace of eternal light." In deciding on the merits of celebrating an optional memorial in an office to be celebrated with the people or in common, account should be taken of the general good or of the genuine devotion of the congregation, not simply that of the person presiding. Along with frequent attendance at Mass, it should be the heart of our prayer life. Office of ReadingsChapter II-IV. These are given in the four-week psalter. "In the days of his life on earth he offered up prayers and entreaties with loud cries and tears to the one who could deliver him from death and because of his reverence his prayer was heard" (Heb 5:7). For a more consistent practice in the tradition of the Carmelite Friars of our Province, we have a detailed description in our Formation Guidelines, pages 153 -156. On solemnities the psalms at evening prayer I are taken from the Laudate Psalms, following an ancient custom. Then an appropriate hymn is sung immediately. Chapter III-VIII. Outside choir, without prejudice to particular law, it is permitted to choose from the three hours the one most appropriate to the time of day, so that the tradition of prayer in the course of the day's work may be maintained. 114. Though somewhat contrived interpretations were at times proposed, in general the Fathers and the liturgy itself had the right to hear in the singing of the psalms the voice of Christ crying out to the Father or of the Father conversing with the Son; indeed, they also recognized in the psalms the voice of the Church, the apostles, and the martyrs. . Those who recite only one hour should therefore choose the texts that correspond to the true time of day. 193. In the Holy Spirit Christ carries out through the Church "the task of redeeming humanity and giving perfect glory to God,"  not only when the eucharist is celebrated and the sacraments administered but also in other ways and especially when the liturgy of the hours is celebrated.  In addition, the reading of sacred Scripture in the liturgical celebration is always accompanied by prayer in order that the reading may have greater effect and that, in turn, prayer - especially the praying of the psalms - may gain fuller understanding and become more fervent and devout because of the reading. The assembly either sits or stands, depending on custom, while the psalms and other canticles (with their antiphons) are being said. 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. 94. History *Taft, Robert. If the office of readings comes immediately before another hour of the office, then the appropriate hymn for that hour may be sung at the beginning of the office of readings. The Easter Vigil is celebrated by the whole Church, in the rites given in the relevant liturgical books. 273. If the office of readings is said before morning prayer, the invitatory precedes it, as noted (nos. 187. Night prayer begins like the other hours, with the verse, God, come to my assistance, the Glory to the Father, As it was in the beginning, and the Alleluia (omitted in Lent). 70. Therefore the singing of the office is earnestly recommended to those who carry out the office in choir or in common." The structure of the liturgy of the hours follows laws of its own and incorporates in its own way elements found in other Christian celebrations. But if by way of exception, it should be necessary to join the two, then immediately after the second reading from the office, with its responsory, the rest is omitted and the Mass begins with the Gloria, if it is called for; otherwise the Mass begins with the opening prayer. When more than one optional memorial falls on the same day, only one may be celebrated; the rest are omitted. All books are in clear copy here, and all files are secure so don't worry about it. , 276. "The sung celebration of the divine office is more in keeping with the nature of this prayer and a mark of both higher solemnity and closer union of hearts in offering praise to God. Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermo 3 in vigilia Nativitatis 1: PL 183 (ed. 59. After the canticle, at morning prayer come the petitions for the consecration of the day and its work to God and at evening prayer, the intercessions (see nos. 104. 92. The concluding prayer at daytime prayer is taken from the proper on Sundays, on the weekdays of the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, and on solemnities and feasts. 55. Chapter IV: Various Celebrations Throughout the Year, Chapter IV-I. Finally, one of the antiphons in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary is said. , The work of each day was closely bound up with his prayer, indeed flowed out from it: he would retire into the desert or into the hills to pray,  rise very early  or spend the night up to the fourth watch  in prayer to God. Thus even when a psalm is recited and not sung or is said silently in private, its musical character should govern its use. The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office or the Work of God ... (General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours [GILH], no. 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. Priesthood of Christ in the Liturgy of the Hours, 13. . . Christ himself has said: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst" (Mt 18:20). Combining the Hours With Mass or With Each Other. The two-year cycle of readings for the liturgy of the hours is so arranged that each year there are readings from nearly all the books of sacred Scripture as well as longer and more difficult texts that are not suitable for inclusion in the Mass. See also DV no. 72. Established seller since 2000. After the prayer the blessing, May the all-powerful Lord is used, even in private recitation. On the weekdays from 17 to 24 December, during the octave of Christmas, and on the weekdays of Lent, no obligatory memorials are celebrated, even in particular calendars. 216. 227. In the office for Ordinary Time, to ensure variety, a twofold cycle of hymns i~ given for each hour, for use in alternate weeks. . 232. 30. In a celebration in common and in private recitation the essential structure of this liturgy remains the same, that is, it is a conversation between God and his people. 239. At the same time, the plan makes proper provision for the rightful honoring of the individual saints. 102. Such prayer in common gradually took the form of a set cycle of hours. 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. Since morning prayer and evening prayer are particularly designed for celebration with a congregation, the psalms chosen for them are those more suited to this purpose. 142. 97. 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). In the absence of a priest or deacon, the one who presides at the office is only one among equals and does not enter the sanctuary or greet and bless the people. SCR, Instr. At daytime prayer on solemnities (except those already mentioned and those falling on Sunday) the psalms are taken from the Gradual Psalms; at daytime prayer on feasts the psalms are those of the current week and day of the psalter. For the Easter triduum the office is celebrated in the way set forth in the Proper of Seasons. This introduction is omitted at morning prayer when the invitatory immediately precedes it. 275. 188. 49 and 89), and the verse at daytime prayer, are linked to the short reading as a kind of acclamation, enabling God's word to enter more deeply into the mind and heart of the one listening or reading. 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. The Saints Chapter IV-III. This is for information only and is not for reading aloud. 260, A cantor or cantors should intone the antiphons, psalms, and other chants. Only solemnities are transferred, in accordance with the rubrics.  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. . The Lord's Prayer is said by all after a brief introduction, if this seems opportune.Concluding Prayer, 197. What is the abbreviation for General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours? 44. St. It is the same with the hours: all are not of equal importance; thus it is desirable that those that are the true hinges of the office, that is, morning prayer and evening prayer, should receive greater prominence through the use of singing. 73. 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. . Those who pray the psalms in the name of the Church nevertheless can always find a reason for joy or sadness, for the saying of the Apostle applies in this case also: "Rejoice with the joyful and weep with those who weep" (Rom 12:15). The liturgy of the hours is in turn an excellent preparation for the celebration of the eucharist itself, for it inspires and deepens in a fitting way the dispositions necessary for the fruitful celebration of the eucharist: faith, hope, love, devotion, and the spirit of self-denial. , Hence, not only when those things are read "that are written for our instruction" (Rom 15:4), but also when the Church prays or sings, faith is deepened for those who take part and their minds are lifted up to God, in order to offer him their worship as intelligent beings and to receive his grace more plentifully. 1.1 This guide is intended to be a general introduction to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, either in common or in private. Hence bishops, priests, and other sacred ministers, who have received from the Church the mandate to celebrate the liturgy of the hours (see no. Then, as a climax to the whole hour, the Canticle of Simeon, Lord, now you let your servant go in peace follows, with its antiphon. ARRANGEMENT OF THE OFFICE FOR MEMORIALS, 234. 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. In the intercessions at evening prayer the last intention is always for the dead. 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. 233.  The prince of the apostles "went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour" (10:9); "Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour" (3:1); "about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God" (16:25). 0
In the liturgy of the hours the Church exercises the priestly office of its Head and offers to God "without ceasing"  a sacrifice of praise, that is, a tribute of lips acknowledging his name. . In fact, all the psalms have a musical quality that determines their correct style of delivery. The "hagiographical" readings or readings in honor of saints are either texts from a Father of the Church or another ecclesiastical writer, referring specifically or rightly applicable to the saint being commemorated, or the readings are texts from the saint's own writings, or are biographical. . All make the sign of the cross, from forehead to breast and from left shoulder to right, at: a. the beginning of the hours, when God, come to my assistance is being said; b. the beginning of the gospel, the Canticles of Zechariah, of Mary, and of Simeon. The choral obligation applies to the community, not to the place of celebration, which need not be a church, especially in the case of those hours that are celebrated without solemnity. The last part of this hymn, that is, from the verse, Save your people, Lord to the end, may be omitted. A short biographical note, simply giving historical facts and a brief sketch of the saint's life, is provided at the head of the reading. 245. endstream
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