Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Liturgy of the Hours

More and more lay Catholics are praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

If the whole thing (four volumes, thousands of pages of psalms, readings and prayers) is too daunting, try just the readings from the Office of Readings (in your email daily), or try Tom Kreitzberg's microbreviary:

Anyone who wants to ease into the spirit of the Liturgy of the Hours without any prayerbooks can try this three-step method:

If your memorization skills are up to it, you can throw in a Miserere Friday mornings and a Te Deum Sunday and feast day mornings.

Oh, and a Visita, quaesumus, Domine following the Nunc Dimittis as you lay you down to sleep is also liturgically correct.

(And don't forget that, except for the Benedictus and the Nunc Dimittis, all these prayers are indulgenced. The souls in purgatory will thank you.)

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