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Sacrosanctum Concilium 90

Continuing on the Liturgy of the Hours, the council favors an integrative approach. The Office is not just an exercise in piety, but ideally the praying of it should be tied closely with the intellectual development of the believer. The … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 89

Now we get into the Council’s revision of the Liturgy of the Hours. It was another decade before the promulgation of the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours, so draw your own conclusions from the slightly longer timetable … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 88

Praying the right hours at the right time of day–this is a virtue, and should be enforced in the reform: Because the purpose of the office is to sanctify the day, the traditional sequence of the hours is to be … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 87

Like the other sacraments and sacramentals, the Divine Office is to be reformed, according to the council bishops: In order that the divine office may be better and more perfectly prayed in existing circumstances, whether by priests or by other … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 86

The council suggests that the Divine Office is the cornerstone of the spiritual life of the clergy. The one hang-up I see is the heavy expectation placed on a communal monastic format transferred to what is, for most priests, a … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 85

A bit of affirmation for those who do pray the Hours: Hence all who render this service are not only fulfilling a duty of the Church, but also are sharing in the greatest honor of Christ’s spouse, for by offering … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 84

Vatican II gives a brief definition of the Liturgy of the Hours: By tradition going back to early Christian times, the divine office is devised so that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the … Continue reading

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