Revised: 24 January AD 2019
Saint Timothy, Bp & M.
The Divine Office
Authentic Catholic Mass, Doctrine, and Moral Teaching
Don't do without them
Don't accept one without the others!
Fundamental to the life of religious is prayer -- the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass, certainly -- but on an even more regular basis, the Hours
of the Divine Office. Long before the birth of Christ, the Jewish people
often prayed the melodic poetry of the Psalms. The same practice was
adopted by the first solitaries, who would pray the Psalms from memory as they pursued
their work. With the advent of monasticism, specific Psalms were allotted
to the various times of the day, each day of the week, so that the brethren
could pray in unison. Eventually these Psalms, together with various
hymns, prayers, and scripture readings were gathered together in the
"Breviary," a compendium of prayers to be prayed by all priests and
The following is offered for those just learning to pray
the Divine Office according to the traditional Roman Breviary. How to say the Office:
Those not having a printed Breviary may wish to make use
of their Bible in conjunction with this Psalter
of the Roman Breviary.
The Psalter as described in the Rule of St
The Readings of the
Hour of Matins make an excellent Scripture program.
Our liturgical calendar
contains feasts not found in some of the more modern breviaries. Lessons
for these feasts may be found in the following list (a work in progress --
please be patient!):
An online, flexile vintage, Breviary is being developed at Divinum