61. The Liturgy of the Hours has as its goal the praise of God and the sanctification by prayer of the day and all human activity. Episcopal conferences can make adaptations in the second reading of the office of readings, hymns and intercessions and in the final Marian antiphons. (GILH 92, 162, 178, 184)
The Liturgy of the Hours has not made many inroads in non-mission lands. The sanctification of both time and human activity is a very noble one. However, if the Hours are ever to take root in the religious imagination and practice of the laity, a more far-reaching inculturation is needed. A monastic tradition–a very worthy one–will have to be overhauled before we see this kind of spirituality take root among committed Christians, let alone a religious minority in a mission situation.