Saturday, May 25, 2013

Praying the Divine Office - Give Praise to God in all things...

 From Pope Paul VI said the following on the Divine Office;

 “The whole life of the faithful, hour by hour during day and night, is a kind of leitourgia or public service, in which the faithful give themselves over to the ministry of love toward God and neighbour, identifying themselves with the action of Christ, who by His life and self-offering sanctified the life of all mankind. The Liturgy of the Hours clearly expresses and effectively strengthens this sublime truth, embodied in the Christian life. For this reason the Liturgy of the Hours is recommended to all the faithful, including those who are not bound by law to their recitation.”

 And from the Catechism of the Catholic Church it states;

 The mystery of Christ . . . permeates and transfigures the time of each day, through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours . . . This celebration, faithful to the apostolic exhortations to “pray constantly,” is “so devised that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praise of God.” . . . “It is the very prayer which Christ himself together with his Body addresses to the Father.” (Catechism, no. 1174)

 Pope Benedict XVI, during his Wednesday Audience on 16 November 2011 said

 “I would like to renew my call to everyone to pray the Psalms, to become accustomed to using the Liturgy of the Hours, Lauds, Vespers, and Compline.”

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