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Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office)

"Seven times a day I praise you", says Psalm 118(119)


The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office) is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church. It provides prayers, psalms and meditation for every hour of every day. It has existed from the earliest times, to fulfil the Lord's command to pray without ceasing.


Structure of the Liturgy

Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Vespers (Evening Prayer) are the two major hours of each day, providing an opportunity for prayer and dedication before starting work and prayer and thanksgiving afterwards.


Compline (Night Prayer) is designed to be said last thing at night. It is short and simple. Indeed, it can be made even shorter and simpler by using Compline for Sunday night on every night of the week - in which case it can be learnt by heart and recited from memory.


The Office of Readings is designed for any time of day. As its name implies, it has two long readings in it: one from Scripture and one from the Fathers of the Church.


Terce, Sext and None are known collectively as the "Little Hours" (or, more respectably, as the Daytime Hours). They are quite short, and intended for use during breaks at work. More on the structure of the Liturgy


Following links change each day courtesy of

Invitatory psalm

Office of Readings

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce)

Midday Prayer (Sext)

Afternoon Prayer (None)

Evening Prayer (Vespers)

Night Prayer (Compline)





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