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144. Psalms and Their Connection With Christian Prayer Chapter III-II. The office of readings normally concludes with the prayer proper to the day and, at least in recitation in common, with the acclamation, Let us praise the Lord. In his goodness the Son of God, who is one with his Father (see Jn 10:30) and who on entering the world said: "Here I am! 111). The excellence of Christian prayer lies in its sharing in the reverent love of the only-begotten Son for the Father and in the prayer that the Son put into words in his earthly life and that still continues without ceasing in the name of the whole human race and for its salvation, throughout the universal Church and in all its members. [5]Option to Choose an Office. At the daytime hour, after the psalmody the short reading is omitted and the prayer is said at once and the dismissal takes place as at Mass. Morning prayer and evening prayer begin with the introductory verse, God come to my assistance. For "in the local Church the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church is truly present and at work." It seeks to restore the eucharistic rites to ancient norms. 256. Celebrations in honor of the saints are either solemnities, feasts, or memorials. Thus Ps 119 is divided in keeping with its own internal structure and is spread over twenty-two days during daytime prayer, because tradition has assigned it to the day hours. Further the conferences of bishops may prepare additional texts adapted to the traditions and culture of their own region, [8] for inclusion in the optional lectionary as a supplement. But on certain solemnities of the Lord there are special psalms. For night prayer the norm given in no. Dewey: 264/.024: Edit. 237. Basil the Great, Regulae fusius tractatae resp. The first reading is from Scripture; the second is about the saint. The decision on which parts to choose for singing follows from the authentic structure of a liturgical celebration. ARRANGEMENT OF THE OFFICE FOR SOLEMNITIES. The liturgy of the word follows as usual. On other days the prayers are those that express the character of the particular hour. 89. 178. Ways of Singing the Psalms. In the office for Ordinary Time, to ensure variety, a twofold cycle of hymns i~ given for each hour, for use in alternate weeks. The norms that follow apply to the saints entered in the General Roman Calendar and to those with a place in particular calendars. In arranging the office for solemnities and feasts of the Lord, what is said in nos. Since we are entirely dependent on God, we must acknowledge and express this sovereignty of the Creator, as the devout people of every age have done by means of prayer. See Rom 8:15 and 26; 1 Cor 12:3; Gal 4:6; Jude 20. The responsories following the readings in the office of readings by their very nature and function also call for their being sung. Graphic Violence ; Graphic Sexual Content ; texts. The only acceptable melody for a reading is therefore one that best ensures the hearing of the words and the understanding of the text. 213. The psalmody of morning prayer follows as usual, up to, but excluding, the reading. The "hagiographical" readings or readings in honor of saints are either texts from a Father of the Church or another ecclesiastical writer, referring specifically or rightly applicable to the saint being commemorated, or the readings are texts from the saint's own writings, or are biographical. Moreover, for Sundays, solemnities, and certain feasts what is said in nos. During the gospel canticle at morning prayer and evening prayer there may be an incensation of the altar, then of the priest and congregation. 6, 7, 15; AG no. See Rom 12:12; 1 Cor 7:5; Eph 6:18; Col 4:2; 1 Thes 5:17; 1 Tm 5:5; 1 Pt 4:7. Psalms too long to be included in one hour of the office are assigned to the same hour on different days so that they may be recited in full by those who do not usually say other hours. 49 and 89), and the verse at daytime prayer, are linked to the short reading as a kind of acclamation, enabling God's word to enter more deeply into the mind and heart of the one listening or reading. The Church has been faithful in obeying this instruction; it never ceases to offer prayer and makes this exhortation its own: "Through him (Jesus) let us offer to God an unceasing sacrifice of praise" (Heb 15:15). These are given in the four-week psalter. 76. Mysteries of the LordSunday. The best source of information and instruction is the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours (GILH), found in the beginning of Volume I of the four-volume set, or online. [31] He taught us how to pray in what is known as the Lord's Prayer. When the continuous reading is interrupted because of a solemnity or feast or special celebration, it is allowed during the same week, taking into account the readings for the whole week, either to combine the parts omitted with others or to decide which of the texts are to be preferred. 67. Combining the Hours With Mass or With Each Other, Chapter III: Different Elements in the Liturgy of the HoursChapter III-I. Combining the Hours With Mass or With Each Other. 188. Rather this complementarity necessarily demands that the same book be used in the Mass and in the liturgy of the hours in alternate years or that, if it is read in the same year, there be some interval in between. flag. Such prayer in common gradually took the form of a set cycle of hours. Established seller since 2000. 184. [78], The concern with prayer involves those especially who have been called by a special mandate to carry out the liturgy of the hours: bishops and priests as they pray in virtue of their office for their own people and for the whole people of God; [79] other sacred ministers, and also religious. The Church's intent that "a more representative portion of the holy Scriptures will be read to the people in the course of a prescribed number of years" [6] applies also to the divine office. 185. In Christ and in Christ alone human worship of God receives its redemptive value and attains its goal. 35. Augustine, Enarrat. Liturgy of the HoursChapter I-IV. Accordingly, whenever possible singing the psalms should have preference, at least for the major days and hours and in view of the character of the psalms themselves. 48. But it is permissible to sing the various parts in different languages at one and the same celebration. "There was one heart and soul in the company of those who believed" (Acts 4:32). General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS . [5]. In the absence of a priest or deacon, the one who presides at the office is only one among equals and does not enter the sanctuary or greet and bless the people. After the canticle, at morning prayer come the petitions for the consecration of the day and its work to God and at evening prayer, the intercessions (see nos. 31. a. Cathedral and collegiate chapters should celebrate in choir those parts of the liturgy of the hours that are prescribed for them by the general law or by particular law. On greater solemnities the wearing of the cope by many priests or of the dalmatic by many deacons is permitted. 116. EMBED (for hosted blogs and item tags) Want more? 9. Liturgical custom in both East and West has retained midmorning, midday, and midafternoon prayer, mainly because these hours were linked to a commemoration of the events of the Lord's passion and of the first preaching of the Gospel. 192. Readings from the Fathers and Church Writers Chapter III-VIII. All who maintain the character of the office of readings as a night office, therefore, are to be commended. Chapter III-VI. Chapter III-X. 3. The Roman ritual -- Christian initiation of adults -- Infant baptism -- Confirmation -- Holy Communion -- Reconciliation -- Rites for the sick -- Marriage -- Holy orders -- Part VI. When longer psalms occur, sections are marked in the psalter that divide the parts in such a way as to keep the threefold structure of the hour; but great care has been taken not to distort the meaning of the psalm. Morning prayer and evening prayer are therefore to be accorded the highest importance as the prayer of the Christian community. Prayer directed to God must be linked with Christ, the Lord of all, the one Mediator [47] through whom alone we have access to God. MusSacr, 5 March 1967, no. By a single offering on the altar of the cross "he has made perfect forever those who are being sanctified" (Heb 10-14). Hence, the cycle of readings from the Old Testament contains, in Year I, the historical books and prophetic utterances from the Book of Joshua as far as, and including, the time of the exile. 264. At evening prayer II the psalms and canticles are proper; the intercessions are either proper or from the common. The prophets came almost to a vision of this liturgy of heaven as the victory of a day without night, of a light without darkness: "The sun will no more be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine upon you, but the Lord will be your everlasting light" (Is 60:19; see Rv 21:23 and 25). The psalms are distributed over a four-week cycle in such a way that very few psalms are omitted, while some, traditionally more important, occur more frequently than others; morning prayer and evening prayer as well as night prayer have been assigned psalms appropriate to these hours. [101] This is especially true of those living the contemplative life. 90. Where anything proper is missing, it is supplied from the common. With this increased range of variation, it is possible for the public praise of the Church to be sung more frequently than formerly and to be adapted in a variety of ways to different circumstances. 139. 120), from the hymns, antiphons, and special intercessions, and from the proper readings assigned to each hour.Christmas Season. A quotation from the New Testament or the Fathers of the Church is added to foster prayer in the light of Christ's new revelation; it is an invitation to pray the psalms in their Christological meaning. 180. 68. The cycle of readings from sacred Scripture in the office of readings takes into account both those special seasons during which by an ancient tradition particular books are to be read and the cycle of readings at Mass. For this reason the singing of psalms, though it demands the reverence owed to God's majesty, should be the expression of a joyful spirit and a loving heart, in keeping with their character as sacred poetry and divine song and above all with the freedom of the children of God. 201. �UM��))K8 �Ll�x�����K֦*��s����p�'S1�e�����҅L�1�Ҋ��J. 52. Two psalmodies are provided: the current psalmody and the complementary psalmody. Those then who take part in the liturgy of the hours bring growth to God's people in a hidden but fruitful apostolate, [81] for the work of the apostolate is directed to this end, "that all who are made children of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of this Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord's Supper." It follows that the example and precept of our Lord and the apostles in regard to constant and persevering prayer are not to be seen as a purely legal regulation. 85, 1: CCL 39, 1176. Morning Prayer and Evening PrayerChapter II-III. Even though the cycle of scriptural readings at daily Mass is now richer, the treasures of revelation and tradition to be found in the office of readings will also contribute greatly to the spiritual life. 283. [3] Members of religious institutes join with the community of the local Church in celebrating the dedication of the cathedral and the feasts of the principal patrons of the place and of the wider geographical region in which they live. From the very beginning those who were baptized “devoted … 211. The short readings are different for each day of the psalter cycle. [122] It is also advantageous to sing the office in choir and in community as opportunity Offers, in accordance with the nature and function of the individual parts. A very ancient tradition gives hymns the place in the office that they still retain. 150. It is most fitting that permanent deacons recite daily at least some part of the liturgy of the hours, to be determined by the conference of bishops. The writings of the Fathers are an outstanding witness to the contemplation of the word of God over the centuries by the Bride of the incarnate Word: the Church, "possessing the counsel and spirit of its Bridegroom and God," [10] is always seeking to attain a more profound understanding of the sacred Scriptures. The ecclesial community thus exercises a truly maternal function in bringing souls to Christ, not only by charity, good example, and works of penance but also by prayer. The complementary psalter consists of three sets of three psalms, chosen as a rule from the Gradual Psalms. Our sanctification is accomplished [64] and worship is offered to God in the liturgy of the hours in such a way that an exchange or dialogue is set up between God and us, in which "God is speaking to his people ... and his people are responding to him by both song and prayer." 224. 29 are always to be respected. Clearly the psalms are closely bound up with music (see nos. Seven canticles are given for each week of the four-week cycle, one for each day. All sit to listen to the readings, except the gospel. See Acts 1:14, 4:24, 12:5 and 12. The first is a one-year cycle and is incorporated into The Liturgy of the Hours; the second, given in the supplement for optional use, is a two-year cycle, like the cycle of readings at weekday Masses in Ordinary Time. 269. Responsories Chapter III-X. 244. Feasts have no evening prayer I, except those feasts of the Lord that fall on a Sunday. He adds the invitation, Go in peace. Calendar and Option to Choose an Office or Part of an Office, Chapter V: Rites for Celebration in CommonChapter V-I. 222. For vernacular celebration, the conferences of bishops may adapt the Latin hymns to suit the character of their own language and introduce fresh compositions, [13] provided these are in complete harmony with the spirit of the hour, season, or feast. When the office of Ordinary Time is recited, not sung, the quotations printed with the psalms may be used in place of these antiphons (see no. On the other days psalms are chosen that are full of confidence in the Lord; it is permissible to use the Sunday psalms instead, especially for the convenience of those who may wish to pray night prayer from memory. R. And give him thanks. 212. This is also the case at daytime prayer on certain solemnities of the Lord and during the octave of Easter. They belong to the very essence of the Church itself, which is a community and which in prayer must express its nature as a community. EMBED. Those who are obliged by their own particular law and others who commendably wish to retain the character of this office as a night office of praise (either by saying it at night or very early in the morning and before morning prayer), during Ordinary Time choose the hymn from the selection given for this purpose. PAP. General instruction on the liturgy of the Hours Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item . The weekday psalms with their antiphons are said, unless a special reason or tradition requires a proper antiphon; this will be indicated as the case occurs. share. On Sundays the psalms are taken from the Sunday of Week I of the four-week psalter and the short reading and concluding prayer are proper. Those who take part in the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper or the celebration of the Lord's passion on Good Friday do not say evening prayer on either day. When evening approaches and the day is already far spent, evening prayer is celebrated in order that "we may give thanks for what has been given us, or what we have done well, during the day." 108. in Ps. In private recitation individual members of these chapters should include those hours that are recited in their chapter, in addition to the hours prescribed for all sacred ministers. [94], 22. Though prayer in private and in seclusion [54] is always necessary and to be encouraged [55] and is practiced by the members of the Church through Christ in the Holy Spirit, there is a special excellence in the prayer of the community. b. 21. The Te Deum is not said. The main consideration is to ensure that the celebration is not too inflexible or elaborate nor concerned merely with formal observance of rules, but that it matches the reality of what is celebrated. 193. Mind and voice must be in harmony in a celebration that is worthy, attentive, and devout, if this prayer is to be made their own by those taking part and to be a source of devotion, a means of gaining God's manifold grace, a deepening of personal prayer, and an incentive to the work of the apostolate. [65], Those taking part in the liturgy of the hours have access to holiness of the richest kind through the life-giving word of God, which in this liturgy receives great emphasis. Hence, when the people are invited to the liturgy of the hours and come together in unity of heart and voice, they show forth the Church in its celebration of the mystery of Christ. Those not present at the solemn celebration of the Vigil should therefore read at least four of its readings with the chants and prayers. Even when having no obligation to communal celebration, all sacred ministers and all clerics living in a community or meeting together should arrange to say at least some part of the liturgy of the hours in common, particularly morning prayer and evening prayer. On memorials without proper antiphons the antiphon may be taken at will either from the common or from the current week. 55. Then, as a climax to the whole hour, the Canticle of Simeon, Lord, now you let your servant go in peace follows, with its antiphon. In place of the Sunday psalms of the current week, there is an option to substitute the Sunday psalms of a different week, and, in the case of an office celebrated with a congregation, even other psalms especially chosen to lead the people step by step to an understanding of the psalms. The longer reading, optional at morning prayer and evening prayer, is described in no. It is definitely simplistic but shocks from the fifty percent from the pdf. In the interest of variety and especially of giving fuller expression to the many needs of the Church and of all people in relation to different states of life, groups, persons, circumstances, and seasons, different intercessory formularies are given for each day of the four-week psalter in Ordinary Time and for the special seasons of the liturgical year, as well as for certain feasts. 176. From the very beginning those who were baptized "devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the community, to the breaking of the bread, and to prayer" (Acts 2:42). 231. It is a general principle that care should be taken in liturgical services to see that "at the proper times all observe a reverent silence." It is permissible, however, either to keep this traditional way or to pause between the different sections of the same psalm or to recite the whole psalm and its antiphon as a single unit without a break. During Ordinary Time, however, on a particular day or for a few days in succession, it is permissible, for a good reason, to choose readings from those provided on other days or even other biblical readings - for example, on the occasion of retreats, pastoral gatherings, prayers for Christian unity, or other such events. Such a problem is readily solved in private prayer, which allows for the choice of a psalm suited to personal feelings. Therefore the cycle of readings from Scripture that is provided in the office of readings must not be set aside during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. The general structure of the liturgy of the hours -- Composition of the liturgy of the hours -- Religious and the liturgy of the hours -- Diocesan and religious propers -- Part V. THE SACRAMENTS. 54. This consideration does away with the problem of a possible discrepancy between personal feelings and the sentiments a psalm is expressing: for example, when a person feels sad and the psalm is one of joy or when a person feels happy and the psalm is one of mourning. 236. In addition, a twofold cycle of hymns has been introduced into the office of readings for Ordinary Time, one for use at night and the other for use during the day. Psalms and Their Connection With Christian Prayer. The General Instruction forms the preface to the Roman Missal and not only contains the rules and rubrics for the celebration of the Eucharist but also ex- presses the Church’s understanding of the Mass. Those who pray one hour should use the current psalmody. [75] In the liturgy of the hours we proclaim this faith, we express and nourish this hope, we share in some degree the joy of everlasting praise and of that day that knows no setting. The New Testament canticle is noted in its appropriate place. As with the Easter Vigil, it was customary to begin certain solemnities (different in different Churches) with a vigil. Participants in the Liturgy of the Hours, Chapter II: Sanctification of the Day: The Different Liturgical HoursChapter II-I. �tv��}���A�6��h ��i�7�w:�I w�=7�2���U�`2 �l� ����z A�� �5�O�e�3um�^u�0����f�������2}�`��K���`�����*�&�5MO���YU����?�R[���3��X5�G����\��Vt�i���ζh�SZ8���Ú�a �ö�Ѹ��u�E���ZߘE��U1��~Zuo�U���*͛h�Ϛ^� Z�������Vw�>/c=Z�ͭj�ܚ�V�}'�[��|��������?�&���5�}"ߪ�{�b�S�y�=e��%� �B�^ Chapter III-V. Canticles From the Old and New Testaments. [73]. AGeneral Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours@ (henceforth GILH) in The Liturgy of the Hours According tot he Roman Rite. 153. Great care must be taken not to allow popular songs that have no artistic merit and are not in keeping with the dignity of the liturgy. 73. Even when the hours are recited, hymns can nourish prayer, provided they have doctrinal and literary excellence; but of their nature they are designed for singing and so, as far as possible, at a celebration in common they should be sung. The office of readings also offers the option to choose, with a good reason, another reading from the same season, taken from The Liturgy of the Hours or the optional lectionary (no. In praying the psalms we should open our hearts to the different attitudes they express, varying with the literary genre to which each belongs (psalms of grief, trust, gratitude, etc.) Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermo 3 in vigilia Nativitatis 1: PL 183 (ed. A passage from the same letter, on Christ's sacrifice (Heb 9:11-28), is read on Good Friday; another, on the Lord's rest (Heb 4:1-16), is read on Holy Saturday. The gospel Canticles of Zechariah, of Mary, and of Simeon are to be treated with the same solemnity and dignity as are customary at the proclamation of the gospel itself. 151. [6], 276. [60]. When a bishop presides, especially in the cathedral, he should be attended by his college of priests and by ministers and the people should take a full and active part. 162. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal was canonically approved for use by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on November 12, 2002, and was subsequently confirmed by the Holy See by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on March 17, 2003 (Prot. On Sundays, solemnities, and feasts, on Ash Wednesday, during Holy Week, and during the octave of Easter, memorials that happen to fall on these days are disregarded. 172. The general intercessions are made in the place and form customary at Mass. On Saturdays in Ordinary Time, when optional memorials are permitted, an optional memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be celebrated in the same way as other memorials, with its own proper reading. From 29 December until 5 January the readings for Year I are taken from the Letter to the Colossians (which considers the incarnation of the Lord within the context of the whole history of salvation) and the readings for Year II are taken from the Song of Songs (which foreshadows the union of God and humanity in Christ): "God the Father prepared a wedding feast for God his Son when he united him with human nature in the womb of the Virgin, when he who is God before all ages willed that his Son should become man at the end of the ages. 26. 103. 118. 173. During privileged seasons, if it is desired to celebrate the office of a saint on a day assigned to his or her memorial: a. in the office of readings, after the patristic reading (with its responsory) from the Proper of Seasons, a proper reading about the saint (with its responsory) may follow, with the concluding prayer of the saint; b. at morning prayer and evening prayer, the ending of the concluding prayer may be omitted and the saint's antiphon (from the proper or common) and prayer may be added.Memorials of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. There follows the Glory to the Father, with As it was in the beginning and Alleluia (omitted in Lent). Memorials are either obligatory memorials or, when not so classified, optional memorials. The Easter Vigil is celebrated by the whole Church, in the rites given in the relevant liturgical books. 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