The Liturgy of the Hours
What is the Liturgy of the hours? Why pray the Christian Prayers? What do you need to get started?
16 Always rejoice. 17 Pray without ceasing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
Wait! How do I obey this decree to ‘Always rejoice?’ Answer: Observe this, my brothers and sisters, the answer is found in the very next verse, ‘Pray without ceasing.’ I know… how do you do that? The simple answer is… you as an individual can’t, but the world can.
From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of the hours. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.Sacred Congregation For Divine Worship Prot. no. 1000/71 Decree, Arturus Cardinal Tabera Prefect and A. Bugnini Secretary 1971
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, the power of prayer is undeniable, unshakeable, and each prayer is heard by our Lord Jesus Christ, our Holy Intercessor before the All-Mighty God on our behalf! Moreover, Jesus Christ commanded us to pray, seek, knock, and watch, so that we don’t fall into temptation for the flesh is weak where he is strong!
'But I say to you, "Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and PRAY for them that perecute and calumniate you'": - St. Matthew 6:44, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'ASK, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.' - St. Matthew 7:7, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
‘WATCH ye, and PRAY that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak.’ – St. Matthew 26:41, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'Take ye heed, WATCH, and PRAY For ye know not when the time is.' - St. Mark 13:33, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'WATCH ye, and PRAY that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.' - St. Mark 14:38, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'Bless them that curse you, and PRAY for them that calumniate you.' - St. Luke 6:28, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. PRAY ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest.' - St. Luke 10:2, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'And I say to you, ASK, and it shall be given you: SEEK, and you shall find: KNOCK, and it shall be open to you.' - St. Luke 11:9, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'PRAY, lest ye enter into temptation' - St.Luke 22:40, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
'Why sleep you? Arise, PRAY, lest you enter into temptation.' - St.Luke 22:46, Douay-Rheims 1582 Edition
WHAT YOU WILL NEED!
First, you will need to take an hour a day and give it to God. Second, grab your bible and while you are spending time with God recite the following Psalms in this order: Psalm 95, Psalm 100, Psalm 67, and Psalm 24. If you develop this good habit then praying from the Christian Prayer – Liturgy of the Hours reciting the Psalms will feel more natural.
- Christian Prayer #406/19 – ISBN – 978-1-941243-61-9 #406/19
- Saint Joseph Guide For Christian Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) For use with Edition No. 406 – ISBN – 978-1-953152-03-9
- Douay-Rheims Bible (Burgundy Premium UltraSoft): Standard Print Size Imitation Leather – ISBN-978-1-935302-5
- Liturgy of the Hours Inserts – ISBN – 978-0-89942-049-3
May the Lord bless, protect, and be with you all the days of your life. – Amen