The Liturgy of the Hours is the daily prayer of the Church, to be prayed at various times throughout the day. This tradition dates back to ancient Jewish times when God commanded the priests of Aaron (c. 1280 BC) to offer sacrifice in the morning and the evening. This led to the practice of coming together to pray five times a day; the early Christians continued this custom. What we know today as the Liturgy of the Hours has gone through multiple forms and changes; its basic current structure of psalms, prayers, canticles and readings dates back to the 11th century. Consider coming together as a parish community one day a week or few days a month to participate in this rich tradition of the Church by praying either the morning or evening Liturgy of the Hours. Resources:
- For an overview, visit the USCCB description of the Liturgy of the Hours.
- To access the Liturgy of the Hours for each day, visit the Divine Office website.