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The Liturgy of the Hours or The Prayer of the Church

 

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. Wherever possible, groups of the faithful should celebrate the liturgy of the hours communally in church. This especially applies to parishes - the cells of the diocese, established under their pastors, taking the place of the bishop; they "represent in some degree the visible Church established throughout the world." General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, no. 20-21

 

Before the inclusion of an extra Wednesday Mass at St. Cecilia's on a Wednesday morning, each Wednesday during the school year the Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours was prayed in the church of St Kieran. Currently the only time the Morning Prayer is prayed is during the Triduum of Holy Week.

 

The purpose of the liturgy of the hours is to sanctify the day and the whole range of human activity.

Those taking part in the liturgy of the hours have access to holiness of the richest kind through the life-giving word of God, which in this liturgy receives great emphasis. 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. General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours.

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The Liturgy of the Hours or The Prayer of the Church

?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. Wherever possible, groups of the faithful should celebrate the liturgy of the hours communally in church. This especially applies to parishes - the cells of the diocese, established under their pastors, taking the place of the bishop; they "represent in some degree the visible Church established throughout the world." General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, no. 20-21

Each Wednesday during the school year the ?Morning Prayer? of the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed in the church of St Kieran, 8.30. to 8.45. All are welcome and no previous experience of this Prayer is needed.

?The purpose of the liturgy of the hours is to sanctify the day and the whole range of human activity.

Those taking part in the liturgy of the hours have access to holiness of the richest kind through the life-giving word of God, which in this liturgy receives great emphasis. 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.? General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours.