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Advent, past present and future

Now, again, is the time of Advent, which is the traditional period of preparation leading up to Christmas. This is a holy time, as all times are holy. It is unlike other times, even as all times are distinct, and so like each time has its special celebrations. As we...

ambassador, mystic, doctor, bride

This Thursday, October 15, we remember St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church. The Liturgy of the Hours, in both Lauds and Vespers, celebrates Teresa in a hymn written by Pope Urban VIII in 1632, 50 years after her death. (You can watch Lauds and Vespers for...

What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise.”

The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office or Breviary, is the daily prayer of the universal Church, with prayers dispersed at intervals throughout the day to sanctify time and work.

Daily practice of this liturgical prayer, which is steeped in the richness of Sacred Scripture, will give Christians authentic spiritual food, sanctify their days, and unite them more closely with the Church throughout the world.

Lauds

Also known as Morning Prayer, Lauds is sung in the early morning hours to dedicate the day to God.

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Vespers

Also known as Evening Prayer, Vespers is sung in the evening to offer God thanksgiving and praise.

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