GILH 197-200: Concluding Prayer

Drawing close to the end of this chapter,  the GILH takes a look at the Concluding Prayer

197. The concluding prayer at the end marks the completion of an entire hour. In a celebration in public and with a congregation, it belongs by tradition to a priest or deacon to say this prayer. [See GILH 256]

198. In the office of readings, this prayer is as a rule the prayer proper to the day. At night prayer, the prayer is always the prayer given in the psalter for that hour.

199. The concluding prayer at morning prayer and evening prayer is taken from the proper on Sundays, on the weekdays of the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, and on solemnities, feasts, and memorials. On weekdays in Ordinary Time the prayer is the one given in the four-week psalter to express the character of these two hours.

200. The concluding prayer at daytime prayer is taken from the proper on Sundays, on the weekdays of the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, and on solemnities and feasts. On other days the prayers are those that express the character of the particular hour. These are given in the four-week psalter.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to GILH 197-200: Concluding Prayer

  1. Rob F. says:

    The instruction does not say anything about celebration in public without a cleric, but from the rubrics and from what will come later in the instructions I infer that such celebrations are possible. How would you handle this? Would the director say the prayer? Would the choir chant it? Would congregation read it aloud? I have heard the congration reading the prayer aloud before, but I’m not so sure it works well.

  2. Todd says:

    GILH 258 says a lay person may lead, but does not “greet” or “bless” the people. I’ve most often seen lay people offer these presidential prayers. Women religious have been praying the Hours for centuries in the absence of ordained clergy. I imagine the pedigree of the practice is well established.

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