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Revised:  22 February AD 2007
St. Peter's Chair at Antioch

The Divine Office

 

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    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 most religious.

    The following is offered for those just learning to pray the Divine Office according to the traditional Roman Breviary.        How to say the Office: [LINK] [LINK]

    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 Benedict.

    Sunday Compline

    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 Officium.

    Antiphonale 1912 .pdf

   

Psalm xvii

 


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