Sacrosanctum Concilium 99

More on the Liturgy of the Hours. Diocesan clergy have a responsibility, and are advised to celebrate the Office communally:

Since the divine office is the voice of the Church, that is of the whole mystical body publicly praising God, those clerics who are not obliged to office in choir, especially priests who live together or who assemble for any purpose, are urged to pray at least some part of the divine office in common.

Put some spiritual verve into your prayer, believers are urged:

All who pray the divine office, whether in choir or in common, should fulfill the task entrusted to them as perfectly as possible: this refers not only to the internal devotion of their minds but also to their external manner of celebration.

Musical prayer is a proper ideal:

It is, moreover, fitting that the office, both in choir and in common, be sung when possible.



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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Sacrosanctum Concilium 99

  1. When the parochial vicar and I share housing soon, I’ll propose we pray the office together; I doubt we’ll sing it together, but we’ll see!

  2. Liam says:

    A former Jesuit rector of mine had a bit of a struggle to get his community, of which he was superior, to pray the major offices together each day, and even come to daily Mass together. They had not ever done it before, you see. And I believe his successor stopped that immediately.

  3. FrMichael says:

    Only know of one rectory that celebrated lauds and vespers together. Another parish had a daily lauds in common at 6 AM. Two inspiring examples I’ve never seen elsewhere, alas.

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