After Morning and Evening Prayer comes the Office of Readings, taking up sub section III of GILH’s Chapter II.
What exactly is the Office of Readings?
55. The office of readings seeks to provide God’s people, and in particular those consecrated to God in a special way, with a wider selection of passages from sacred Scripture for meditation, together with the finest excerpts from spiritual writers. Even though the cycle of scriptural readings at daily Mass is now richer, the treasures of revelation and tradition to be found in the office of readings will also contribute greatly to the spiritual life. Bishops and priests in particular should prize these treasures, so that they may hand on to others the word of God they have themselves received and make their teaching “the true nourishment for the people of God.” [RP, Ordination of Priests no. 14. ]
It is important to note that the Office of Readings deepens the expansion of the liturgical experience of the Bible. It also includes selections from outside of the canon of Scripture. Is the OoR mainly about knowledge? To some degree, I would say. For bishops and clergy, the point of praying the OoR is to deepen their own experience so as to be able to nourish others.
How many clergy out there find this to be so? How many laity are aware of their pastors bringing this background to their catechesis and homilies?