OCF 362-367: Gospel Canticle, Intercessions, Conclusion

The gospel canticle is the summit of the hinge hours.

362. After the response to the word of God, the Canticle of Zechariah is sung at morning prayer and the Canticle of Mary at evening prayer as an expression of praise and thanksgiving for redemption. (see GILH 50)

363. During the singing of the gospel canticle, the altar, then the presiding minister and the congregation may be incensed.

We have more detail in the instruction on the intercessions:

364. In the intercessions of the office for the dead, the assembly prays that the deceased and all who die marked with the sign of faith may rise again together in glory with Christ. The intercessions provided in the hour may be used or adapted to the circumstances, or new intercessions may be composed.

The presiding ministers introduces the intercessions. An assisting minister sings or says the intentions. In keeping with the form of the intentions in the liturgy of the hours, the assembly responds with either the second part of the intention or the response. After a brief introduction by the presiding minister the assembly sings or says the Lord’s Prayer.

Those of you who pray the office know the pattern of intercessions is different than what we usually pray at Mass. The OCF is practical here. Unless a community regularly prays the hours, the petition/response format will likely be more familiar. It has the added advantage of getting people out of the book.

Note also that there is no “concluding prayer” for these intercessions; the minister is to introduce the Lord’s Prayer. I don’t know why the Lord’s Prayer is subsumed under the title of “Intercessions” in OCF 364. In the given outline for the hours, it is given a separate line. I actually like the practice of not “concluding” intercessions. Fewer words makes for a more streamlined and focused liturgy. More time for silent reflection, if nothing else.

Moving on …

365. The concluding prayer, proclaimed by the presiding minister, completes the hour.

366. After the concluding prayer and before the dismissal a member of the family or a friend of the deceased may be invited to speak in remembrance of the deceased.

Note the placement outside the proclamation of the word–not in place of or after a homily.

One liturgical note on a practical possibility:

367. When the funeral liturgy is celebrated the evening before the procession to the place of committal, it may be appropriate to celebrate morning prayer before the procession to the place of committal. In such an instance the dismissal is omitted and the rite continues with the procession to the place of committal.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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