The Liturgy of the Hours
The Liturgy of the Hours, also called "the divine office" consists of:
The structure for each prayer is similar. For Morning Prayer
the structure is:
Pastors of Souls should see to it that the principal hours, especially Vespers, are celebrated in common in church on Sunday and on the more solemn feasts. The laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office, either with the priests, or among themselves, or even individually.
The liturgy of the hours, like other liturgical services, is not a private matter but belongs to the whole Body of the Church, whose life it both expresses and affects.
Wherever possible, other groups of the faithful should celebrate the liturgy of the hours communally in church.
priests as well as deacons aspiring to the priesthood are obliged to fulfill the liturgy of the hours daily in accordance with the proper and approved liturgical books.
A priest or deacon should normally preside at every celebration with a congregation and ministers should also be present. ...
It belongs to the presiding priest or deacon, at the chair, to open the celebration with the introductory verse, begin the Lord's Prayer, say the concluding prayer, greet the people, bless, and dismiss them.
Either the priest or a minister may lead the intercessions.
In the absence of a priest or deacon, the one who presides at the office is only one among equals and does not enter the sanctuary or greet and bless the people.
Those who act as readers, standing in a convenient place, read ...
A cantor or cantors should intone the antiphons, psalms, and other chants. ...
During the gospel canticle at morning prayer and evening prayer there may be an incensation of the altar, then of the priest and congregation. ....
All make the sign of the cross, from forehead to breast and
from left shoulder to right, at:
b. the beginning of the gospel ....
The sign of the cross is made on the mouth at the beginning of the invitatory ...
General Instruction to the Liturgy of the Hours 254 - 266
If the bishop takes part in a celebration of evening prayer at which a prebyter presides, the bishop gives the final blessing before the dismissal of the people.
The psalms are sung or said in one of three ways ....:
General Instruction to the Liturgy of the Hours 122,125
Homilies in non-eucharistic liturgies may be preached by the non-ordained faithful only when expressly permitted by law and when its prescriptions for doing so are observed.
Celebrations in honor of the saints are either solemnities,
feasts or memorials. Memorials are either obligatory memorials
or ... optional memorials.
By J.R. Lilburne, 30 January 2001. Updated 18 November 2002, 4 August 2005. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.