The Structure of Each of the Hours

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It might be helpful to read this section while referring to the Ordinary (center section) in one of the editions of the Liturgy of the Hours.

INVITATORY

·         Introductory verse

·         Seasonal Antiphon repeated after each verse of the psalm

·         Psalm 95 (psalm 100, psalm 67 or psalm 24 may be substituted)

THE HINGE HOURS
(Morning and Evening Prayer)

Unique to Morning Prayer

Common to Both

Unique to Evening Prayer

 

Introductory Verse

 

Hymn

Psalmody

 

Psalmody

Morning Psalm

Evening Psalm

O.T. Canticle

Evening Psalm

Psalm of Praise

N.T. Canticle

 

Reading

 

Responsory

Canticle of Zachary

 

Canticle of Mary

Benedictus

Magnificat

 

Intercessory Prayers

 

Our Father

Concluding Prayer and Dismissal

OFFICE OF READINGS

·         Introduction

·         Hymn

·         Psalmody (3 psalms or portions of psalms)

·         Readings

·         Scriptural Reading

·         Response

·         Patristic Reading

·         Response

·         Concluding Prayer

·         Conclusion

DAYTIME PRAYER

·         Introduction

·         Hymn

·         Psalmody (3 Psalms or portions of psalms)

·         Reading

·         Concluding Prayer

·         Conclusion

NIGHT PRAYER

·         Introduction

·         Hymn

·         Examination of Conscience (optional)

·         Psalmody (2 psalms)

·         Reading

·         Canticle (Nunc Dimittis)

·         Concluding Prayer

·         Conclusion

·         Antiphon of Our Lady

©  Sister Janet Baxendale, S.C.
Composed for the Archdiocese of New York Liturgical Commission.


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