LITURGY OF THE HOURS….…. A GUIDE TO PRAYING THE DIVINE OFFICE. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF PRAYING. THE ONE THAT YOUR COMMUNITY IS COMFORTABLE WITH IS THE BEST ONE FOR YOU. DIALOGUE WITH OUR GOD IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL.
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THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF PRAYING.THE ONE THAT YOUR COMMUNITY IS COMFORTABLE WITH IS THE BEST ONE FOR YOU.DIALOGUE WITH OUR GOD IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL.
INVITATORY AND PSALM 95 (ALL STAND)
(ANTIPHON MAY BE SAID AT THE BEGINNING AND AFTER EACH GROUPING OF VERSES OR JUST AT THE BEGINNING AND THE END FOLLOWING THE GLORIA PATRI- “Glory to the Father…”when done by individuals.)
PSALMODY (ANTIPHON-PSALM VERSES-GLORIAPATRI-PSALM PRAYER-ANTIPHON) The leader gives the antiphon. The group does not repeat it until the end.
CANTICLE (ANTIPHON-CANTICLE VERSES-GLORIA PATRI-ANTIPHON)
PSALMODY (ANT.-PSALM VERSES-GLORIA -ANT.)
Following the intercessions:The Lord’s PrayerConcluding PrayerDismissal by deacon or priest:The Lord be with you.May Almighty God Bless you, The Father, and the Son,and the Holy Spirit.(Other forms may be used.)Go in peace.In absence of a deacon or priest or in individualrecitation, one uses:May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
ONE MAKES THE SIGN OF THE CROSSWHILE SAYING:“GOD COME TO MY ASISTANCE”“LORD MAKE HASTE TO HELP ME”All stand while the hymn is sung.Antiphons are recited along with the psalm verses just as in morning prayer.Everything else would follow as in morning prayer: Psalm prayers-Canticle-Responsory-Gospel Canticle-Intercessions-The Lord’s Prayer-Closing Prayer-Dismissal
Please note: If The Liturgy of the Hours is being done by an individual, it is not necessary to stand during the appropriate times as for communal prayer.
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