Daily Prayer

DAILY PRAYERS

These eight hours are known by the following names:

  • Vigils/Matins (during the night), sometimes referred to as Nocturns, or in monastic usage the Night Office; in the Breviary of Paul VI it has been replaced by the Office of Readings midnight
  • Lauds or Dawn Prayer (at Dawn) – 3am
  • Prime or Early Morning Prayer (First Hour = 6 a.m.)
  • Terce or Mid-Morning Prayer (Third Hour = 9 a.m.)
  • Sext or Midday Prayer (Sixth Hour = 12 noon)
  • None or Mid-Afternoon Prayer (Ninth Hour = 3 p.m.)
  • Vespers or Evening Prayer ("at the lighting of the lamps") 6pm
  • Compline or Night Prayer (before retiring) 9 pm

Liturgy of the Hours of Paul VI

Benedictine monks singing Vespers on Holy Saturday

After the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI promulgated a new Roman Breviary, commonly referred to as "Liturgy of the Hours". In this Breviary, the structure of the offices, the distribution of psalms and the prayers themselves were heavily modified. Prime was suppressed entirely and Matins was replaced by the new Office of Readings.

Its usage focuses on three major hours and from two to four minor hours:

  • The Officium lectionis or Office of Readings (formerly Matins/Vigils), major hour – midnight prayer
  • Lauds or Morning prayer, major hour – 6am (from 3am and instead of prime)
  • Daytime prayer, which can be one or all of:
    • Terce or 9am Mid-Morning Prayer
    • Sext or Midday Prayer
    • None or 3pm Mid-Afternoon Prayer
  • Vespers or 6pm Evening Prayer, major hour
  • Compline or 9pm Night Prayer

DAILY PRAYER

  • Vigils/Matins - The Officium lectionis or Office of Readings, major hour – midnight prayer
  • Lauds or Morning prayer, major hour – 6am (from 3am and instead of prime)

Daytime prayer, which can be one or all of:

· Terce or 9am Mid-Morning Prayer

· Sext or Midday Prayer

· None or 3pm Mid-Afternoon Prayer

· Vespers or 6pm Evening Prayer, major hour

· Compline or 9pm Night Prayer


THE ANGELUS

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen.


"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28)

"Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
(Lk 1:42).


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