Divine Office: A Great Way To Live And Pray Every Day!


To learn more about praying The Divine Office , also known as The Liturgy Of Hours, click on this link – https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgy-of-the-hours

These prayers help us extend our prayer and worship of Almighty God throughout the day in conjunction with the highest form of prayer, The Mass, and the many psalms in these prayers date back to ancient Israel who prayed the psalms as did Jesus, Mary and Joseph so when we pray these prayers we are in solidarity with our creator and King, Jesus, His Mother and earthly Father, Joseph, both of whom would have taught Jesus the Psalms and we stand on the shoulders of all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith for 2000 years and beyond!

These are some of the prayers in it –

Invitatory Psalm – Pslam 95, 67, 24 or 100 usually, in latin invitatorium

Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79), The Messiah and His Forerunner, prayed during Morning prayer which is called in latin Lauds and at times combined with Matins historically –

Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Israel;
He has come to His people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
Born of the house of His servant David.

Through His holy prophets He promised of old
That He would save us from our enemies,
From the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers
And to remember His holy Covenant.

This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
To set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship Him without fear,
Holy and righteous in His sight
All the days of our life.

You, My child shall be called
The prophet of the Most High,
For you will go before the Lord to prepare His way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our Lord
The dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
And the shadow of death,
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning.
is now, and will be forever.


Midmorning Prayer, Terce in the latin

Midday Prayer, Sext in latin

Midafternoon Prayer, None in latin

Evening Prayer, Vespers in latin which includes Canticle of Mary, also called The Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55, The soul rejoices in the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
For He has looked with favour on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
The Almighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him
In every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
And has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel
For He has remembered His promise of mercy,
The promise He made to our fathers,
To Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning.
is now, and will be forever.


Night Prayer or Compline in the latin and includes Canticle of Simeon, Luke 2:29-32 –

(In honor of the Presentation of Jesus and the Purification of Mary)
Now, Master, You can dismiss your servant in peace;
You have fulfilled Your word.
For my eyes have witnessed Your saving deed displayed for all the peoples to see:
A revealing light to the Gentiles,
the glory of Your people Israel.

Glory to The Father….

Office of Readings which includes Te Deum on Sundays, Solemnities and other Holy Days –

O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord. 
Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee. 
All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers, 
All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee: 
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! 
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory. 
The glorious choir of the Apostles, 
The wonderful company of Prophets, 
The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee. 
Holy Church throughout the world acknowledges Thee: 
The Father of infinite Majesty; 
Thy adorable, true and only Son; 
Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. 
O Christ, Thou art the King of glory! 
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. 
When Thou tookest it upon Thyself to deliver man, 
Thou didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb. 
Having overcome the sting of death, Thou opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all 
Thou sitest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father. 
We believe that Thou willst come to be our Judge. 
We, therefore, beg Thee to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy 
Precious Blood. 
Let them be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.

V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thy inheritance! 
R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.

V. Every day we thank Thee. 
R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yes, forever and ever.

V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day. 
R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.

V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee. 
R. O Lord, in Thee I have put my trust; let me never be put to shame.

Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur. 
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur. 
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi caeli et universae Potestates; 
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant: 
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. 
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae. 
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, 
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, 
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. 
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia, 
Patrem immensae maiestatis: 
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium; 
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum. 
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. 
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius. 
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum. 
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum. 
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris. 
Iudex crederis esse venturus. 
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti. 
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.

V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae. 
R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.

V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te. 
R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.

V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire. 
R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.

V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te. 
R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.

Te Deum, also sometimes called the Ambrosian Hymn because of its association with St. Ambrose, is a traditional hymn of joy and thanksgiving. First attributed to Sts. Ambrose, Augustine, or Hilary, it is now accredited to Nicetas, Bishop of Remesiana; (4th century). 
It is used at the conclusion of the Office of the Readings for the Liturgy of the Hours on Sundays outside Lent, daily during the Octaves of Christmas and Easter, and on Solemnities and Feast Days. 
The petitions at the end were added at a later time and are optional. 
A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite it in thanksgiving and a plenary indulgence is granted if the hymn is recited publicly on the last day of the year

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