GILH 37: The Two Hinges

Part II of Chapter II covers the “two hinges,” Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer:

37. “By the venerable tradition of the universal Church, lauds as morning prayer and vespers as evening prayer are the two hinges on which the daily office turns; hence they are to be considered as the chief hours and celebrated as such.” [SC 89a; see also SC 100.]

For example, when parishes are weighing the introduction of the Liturgy of the Hours, these hours should be considered as the prime candidates. When communities that pray two or more of the hours, Morning and Evening Prayer should stand out from the others in some appropriate liturgical way.

This does harken back to the times when human activity was driven by daylight, and the hours of sunrise and sunset had deeper significance.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to GILH 37: The Two Hinges

  1. Dustin says:

    Do you plan to tackle the GIRM eventually, or have I missed that?

  2. Todd says:

    I’m doing these in approximate chronological order, so the 2000 GIRM is far away, I’d say. It will be at least another year or two before I start it, as the GILH dates to 1971.

    Lots of other bloggers have already tackled the GIRM, though none in particular detail.

  3. KiwiNomad06 says:

    I think there is a certain sanity, still, in doing things according to hours of daylight, though of course that is ‘easier’ in the summer. One of the things I love the most about camping is being woken by the sounds and light of morning.. then going to sleep as it gets too dark to see anymore. And if you get to see some sunrises and sunsets along the way, that is an extra bonus!

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