The Liturgy of the Hours
Compiled by Fr. Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.


The Ordinary of the Liturgy of the Hours

Overall Structure of Each Hour

Detailed Structure (1971 revision)

Morning Prayer

Introduction
   Dialogue
      “God, come to my/our assistance.”
      “Lord, make haste to help me/us.”
      “Glory to the Father…”
   Hymn

Psalmody
   Psalm
      Antiphon (presider alone)
      Psalm (alternating A/B)
      “Glory to the Father…”
      [Psalm Prayer - optional]
      Antiphon (repeated by all)
   OT Canticle
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)
   Psalm
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)

Word of God
   Reading
      (pause for silent reflection)
   Responsory
   Gospel Canticle: Benedictus
   Intercessions: Invocations
      (optional: add personal intentions)
   Our Father

Conclusion
   Concluding Prayer
   Dismissal
      (by Clergy: “The Lord be with you…”)
      (by Laity: “May the Lord bless us…”)

Evening Prayer

Introduction
   Dialogue
      “God, come to my/our assistance.”
      “Lord, make haste to help me/us.”
      “Glory to the Father…”
   Hymn

Psalmody
   Psalm
      Antiphon (presider alone)
      Psalm (alternating A/B)
      “Glory to the Father…”
      [Psalm Prayer - optional]
      Antiphon (repeated by all)
   Psalm
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)
   NT Canticle
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)

Word of God
   Reading
      (pause for silent reflection)
   Responsory
   Gospel Canticle: Magnificat
   Intercessions: Petitions
      (optional: add personal intentions)
   Our Father

Conclusion
   Concluding Prayer
   Dismissal
      (by Clergy: “The Lord be with you…”)
      (by Laity: “May the Lord bless us…”)

 
Daytime Prayer

(Midmorning, Midday, or Midafternoon)

Introduction
   Dialogue
      “God, come to my/our assistance…”
      “Glory to the Father…”
   Hymn

Psalmody
   Psalm
      Antiphon (presider alone)
      Psalm (alternating A/B)
      “Glory to the Father…”
      [Psalm Prayer - optional]
      Antiphon (repeated by all)
   Psalm
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)
   Psalm
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)

Word of God
   Reading (very brief)
      (pause for silent reflection)
   Responsory

 

Conclusion
   Concluding Prayer
   Acclamation
      (“Let us praise the Lord.”
      – “And give him thanks.”)

 
Office of Readings

(at any time during the day)

Introduction
   Dialogue
      “God, come to my/our assistance…”
      “Glory to the Father…”
   Hymn

Psalmody
   Psalm
      Antiphon (presider alone)
      Psalm (alternating A/B)
      “Glory to the Father…”
      [Psalm Prayer - optional]
      Antiphon (repeated by all)
   Psalm
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)
   Psalm
      (same sub-structure as first Psalm)

Word of God
   Verse (transition from Psalmody to Readings)
   First Reading (biblical)
   Responsory
   Second Reading (non-biblical)
   Responsory
   Hymn: Te Deum

Conclusion
   Concluding Prayer
   Acclamation
      (“Let us praise the Lord.”
      – “And give him thanks.”)


Invitatory Psalms:

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord. Ant.

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands. Ant.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds. Ant.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works. Ant.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.” Ant.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever, Amen. Ant.


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