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Old Sep 12, '06, 11:16 am
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Default CAF Liturgy of the Hours (or Divine Office) daily Propers

had started this on August 15, so this is the continuation after the forum crash.

Ok, here it is: the Divine Office propers online. This is the long and pedantic introduction so while I would suggest you sit through it if you want the propers go to around post 6 or the last post in the thread.

Many people are familiar with the most important public prayer of the Church. What most people aren’t familiar with is the other form of public prayer- the Divine Office also known as the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours to paraphrase consecrates the hours of the day to God by praying the psalms. Most of the 150 psalms (the imprecatory ones are omitted) are prayed over 4 weeks. In its latest form, the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed 5 or 7 times a day. Speaking for myself, I have been amazed at how the liturgy of the hours enables me to focus on God and brings special spiritual insights. In addition to the psalms the liturgy of the hours contains many other parts that you can read about in the links below explaining the liturgy of the hours and also by viewing the Ordinary (i.e. the structure). For all hours other than the Office of Readings, there are one or two verses from Scripture, Antiphons, and psalm headings. Morning, Evening and Night prayer also contain Short responsories. The Office of the Readings contains psalms, responsories, a long passage from Scripture and a Patristic Reading from the Fathers related to the saint if one is celebrated, the day, or the season.

To find out exactly about each part of the Liturgy of the Hours go hereand read the General Instruction. It’s not really necessary though because the whole thing is arranged in the documents. Also, please go through the Ordinary given below- it contains the order of each 'hour' with the unchageable parts given in full]

Unfortunately today despite the wish of the Church that more people involve themselves in this public and spiritually enriching prayer, the LotH is not prayed very often. One reason is that some don’t know about it. Another is that some don’t really like fixed prayer. Others don’t like formal or ‘rigid’ spirituality and today are chasing after every form of ‘other’ somehow more ‘original’ spirituality imaginable. Yet from the early days of the Church, the psalms have the Church’s way of praying- even private devotions like the rosary cropped up to imitate the Divine Office. Not everyone has access to the Divine Office texts. Many people have Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer- described as the two hinges of the Divine Office. Some do not even have this. But anyway, most don’t have the Office of Readings which provides a good grounding in Scripture and the Fathers. These propers are online for that reason.

[please note: ‘hours’ in this thread usually refers to Morning Prayer, Office of Readings, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer, etc. Daytime prayer can be prayed thrice (three ‘hours’) or once]

If you CAN afford the Divine Office, or the shorter Christian Prayer, Morning and Evening Prayer, Daily Prayer or whatever, I would encourage you to buy it. Some good reasons why:

You can pray it anywhere. Carry it and pray it in Church before Mass.
Guaranteed no errors
You don’t waste paper printing out these propers and hence you’re contributing to the environment
You don’t spoil your eyes reading it on your computer and you can save money later
You save money on your internet bill
You can say a votive office any time you want.
You can say the Office of the Dead for your deceased relations
You get access to alternative texts not reproduced here like the ferial days on optional memorials
You get extra canticles, gospels, etc, for observing solemn vigils
You also get shorter intercessions, more hymns, alternative prayers, and proper feasts for your own country
Leather binding and special paper looks better than crumpled A4 sheets.

There are sites that offer the Divine Office online like Universalis. But these sites
(a) do not use approved translations
(b) are not complete with integral parts like intercessions, antiphons, etc.

Hence this project.

This is meant for all the people who can’t afford the text, complain it involves too much flipping, too complicated to follow, don’t have time etc. Reciting it at breakneck speed takes less than 5 minutes (for all the sticklers out there, don’t worry, I rerecited it at a much slower pace)

Definitely Morning, Daytime/Prayer during the day, Evening and Night Prayer should continue here and as far as possible Office of Readings as well.

The files are in MS Word- if you wish a different format, PM me and I’ll try to work out something else. If a lot of people don’t have word, I’ll consider shifting it to a txt format.
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Old Sep 12, '06, 11:19 am
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The editions of the Liturgy of the Hours used

Now there are two translations of the Latin (still not updated though) currently in use.

a) 1974- prepared by the hierarchy of England and Wales, Australia and NZ and authorized for use in Australia, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Singapore, new Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. These use the 1963, non inlcusive Grail psalms, RSV for canticles together with some canticles from the Grail or Jerusalem Bible and various editions for its Scripture passages. 3 volume edition

b) 1975- prepared by ICEL which prepared the closing prayers, intercessions, etc. using the NAB for its biblical readings and canticles but the 1963 non inclusive Grail psalms.
Also contains psalm prayers and different hymns. 4 volume edition

Here comes the important part. Although both versions are approved in my current country of residence due to the scarcity in obtaining liturgical books, the one that is used publicly is the UK version. Hence when this project was started toward the end of July, Morning, Evening, night Prayer and Prayer during the Day were all being excerpted from my copy of the Divine Office. However, at the beginning of August, this veritable copy of the Divine Office was given away to someone who was going to a place where he would not be able to obtain one and I ordered another. Unfortunately the publisher sent me the American version in 4 volumes which he has since refused to exchange for a 3 volume one. Therefore the Office of Readings is from the American 1975 edition and the rest from the UK 1974 edition.

In the Ordinary (the order of the LotH with the unchangeable parts in full), both the UK and USA texts are given alongside the Latin so people can pray the unchangeable parts in whichever one they want
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Old Sep 12, '06, 11:20 am
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Notes on the Divine Office:
-For the sake of convenience and to save whatever few KB my miserly nature could, the most common things have been abbreviated within the text. So for example when you see O God. O Lord. Glory be. As it was. Alleuia you are supposed to say:

Quote:
O God come to my aid.
O Lord make haste to help us
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen

(US version people, there is a difference in what you’re supposed to say: check the Ordinary)
Similarly the Our Father, Magnificat or Benedictus or Nunc Dimitis etc are indicated by their first lines only (from the 1974 edition for Morning through Night prayer, 1975 for Office of Readings, see above for explanation). But antiphons are given before and after the psalms in full, the resposories are also reproduced in full.

- Not all the text in red are the rubrics. Some have been added by yours truly to give a better idea of what to do. But none go against the General Instruction and if you see one please PM me.

- This follows only one approved way of reciting the Divine Office. Others can be see here by reading the General Instruction. For example it is permissible to repeat the antiphon after every verse, or only say it at the beginning- here it is given both at the beginning and the end.

- The calendar followed is the General Calendar ONLY. No particular (local or national) calendars are followed. But posters are welcome to post the propers on national observances in this thread. Since certain days may be solemnities on your own particular calendar please check here for precendence and rankings.

-all optional memorials are observed and the ferial day is not. However, as far as possible, I have tried to provide the same amount of choice there- if two Commons (e.g. for Holy men or For Pastors) are suggested, both are provided. If two options are given within the common for antiphons again both are provided. I will try to continue with this.

- on Saturdays together with the ferial office, the memoria of the Blessed Virgin Mary is also provided. I am considering whether to include this on optional memorial days especially given the fact that this year a large number of Marian feasts fall on Fridays or Thursdays.

-the antiphons, invitatory, hymn, short reading, and intercessions for the memorias of saints are always taken from the Common rather than the feria.

- Invitatories, said when you pray the first hour of the Office, are provided with morning prayer

-all errors at my doing, please bring them to my attention. The biggest and most common typo you will find is ‘form’ instead of ‘from’.

For those who wish to pray 3 hours instead of the one hour during the day, the complimentary psalmody is used. However, the short readings and the verse for all hours has been included in the ‘Daytime Prayer/Prayer during the day’ for each day.

Notes on the psalms
The psalms are from the Grail Psalter. The little crosses at the end DO NOT indicate that you are to make the sign of the cross. They, together with the asterisks, are to facilitate chanting according to the verses. Regrettably, including the accents was too time consuming so for those who would have wished to use the Gileneau melodies, I apologize. The asterisks [b]can[b] also be used when reciting, by custom you’re supposed to pause for around 2 seconds.

For those who are wondering what the bracketed psalm numbers are, they are due to differences in the Hebrew (H) and the Greek (G) numbering. According to that

G 1-8 = 1-8 H
G 9 = 1-10 H
G 10-112 = 11-113 H
G 113 = 114-115 H
G 114-115 = 116 H
G 116-145 = 117-146 H
G 146-147 = 147 H
G 148-150 = 148-150 H

In this transcribed version, the Greek numbering is used with the Hebrew in brackets.
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Using Latin in the Divine Office
For those who wish to use Latin in the Divine Office:
The psalms, readings, canticles and other biblical stuff is taken from the Nova Vulgata which can be found here
This German site gives in musical chant notation the Latin Antiphons for the psalms and canticles for all ferias, and days in Advent, Christmas and Ordinary Sundays here It also gives the responsories for the Office of Readings in Latin here . Please note though, the latest Latin edition has not been translated into English.

A few music links
John Liliburn’s site for tunes of hymns in the Office here
The Oremus Hymnal
The Cyber hymnal
This site for the Latin anthems to the Blessed Virgin Mary (caveat: SSPX).
This site also. Both also have additional material such as the Our Father that also comes in handy for the Office.
This site (linked above) for Gregorian chant for many of the antiphons
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[Supplements:

The following hymns are suggested for daytime prayer by the 1975 US edition. All hymns have been taken of the internet-mostly from cyberhymnal and oremus hymnal. Those that could not be found were not included.

[url="http://www.geocities.com/ajv13s/hymnsafternoon.doc"] Hymns for Daytime prayer[url]

For those who may not have time to open multiple documents, select hymns and recite/sing them, one hymn from the 1974 UK edition has been included with the complimentary psalms and can always be recited.

The complimentary psalmody to be used for two ‘hours’ when 3 ‘hours’ are prayed between morning and evening prayer.

Anthems to the BVM for Night Prayer (in Latin and English)
Usually, by custom the anthems/antiphons are recited according to the season. The anthem for the current season has been included in the night prayer of each day. However since the rubrics allow any anthem to be chosen, this supplement is provided

Hymns for Night Prayer

The Ordinary in English and Latin for:
Office of Readings
Morning Prayer
Prayer during the Day/Daytime prayer
Evening Prayer

(Night Prayer is always given in full so it’s not included here)

The Ordinary is given both for the 1974/1975 edition and you are free to use whichever one you want for your private recitation.The first column is the UK 1974 edition. The second is the US 1975 edition. The last one is the Latin.
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Some other links
Theo Keller’s breviary site (fascinating history of breviaries)
Twisted seraphs post on posture and other stuff in recitation of the Divine Office. Also John Lilliburn’s

While you’re at it, mark your location on this frapper map of Nicks.
More psalm tones.

If anyone has further links like for music to give please feel free to post it.

If any one has any questions on feel free to PM me and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability

Also if anyone is interested in volunteering in typing out the antiphons and closing prayers ONLY (perhaps intercessions as well) for the psalms and closing prayers for morning and evening prayer for a day/week/month/whatever, please PM me. I would be very grateful for such help particularly in my exam months of December-January,

Intentions
Please when you pray the Divine Office remember:
All those who have prayer requests on the CAF Spirituality forum prayer list
Today(Aug 15) being the last day of the novena to Our Lady assumed into heaven, pray for peace in the world and especially in the Middle East as has been noted here
For those who have left the Catholic faith
For the Pope and all the clergy and religious
For vocations. Today (Aug 14) CAF member Summa Theo will be starting his journey towards his vocation: please also pray for him
For the respect of life and the end of evils like abortion.
For the souls of all who have died today (and here also please remember my late grandmother)
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Sacrosanctae et indviduae Trinitati, Crucifixi Domini nostri Jesu Christi humanitati, beatissimae et gloriosissimae semperque Virginis Mariae fecundae integritati, et omnium sanctorum universitati sit sempiterna laus, honor, virtus, te gloria ab omnia creatura; nobisque remissio omnium peccatorum, per infinita saecula saeculorurn. Amen.
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To the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, to the Humanity of our Crucified Lord Jesus Christ, to the fruitful virginity of the most blessed and glorious Mary ever Virgin, and to the whole company of saints, be for ever praise, honour, power, and glory from every creature; and to us be remission of all our sins, forever world without end. Amen.

Placed under the patronage of the Mother of God gloriously assumed into heaven, and all the saints: may they pray for us .

Prayer before beginning the Divine Office

Open Lord, my mouth that I may bless Your Holy Name; cleanse my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding; kindle my affections, that I may worthily, attentively, and devoutly recite this office, and may deserve to be heard before the presence of Thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Septemeber 13: St. John Crysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Morning Prayer

Office of Readings

Daytime Prayer/Prayer during the day

Evening Prayer

Night Prayer
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September 14: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast

Morning Prayer with Invitatory

Office of Readings

Daytime Prayer/Prayer during the day

Evening Prayer

Night Prayer
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September 15:Our Lady of Sorrows, Memoria

Link to online resource containing all propers for today
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September 16: St. Cornelius, Pope and St. Cyprian, bishop, Martyrs- Memoria

Morning Prayer with Invitatory (Common of Pastors)

Morning Prayer with Invitatory (Common of Martyrs)

Office of Readings

Daytime Prayer/Prayer during the day

Evening Prayer I of Sunday 24

Night Prayer

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September 18: Sunday 24 in Ordinary Time

Online resource contianing the propers for today
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Sorry for the mix up- ysterday was the 17th, today is the 18th.

September 18: Monday in Week 24 in Ordinary Time, Feria

Morning Prayer with Invitatory (Common of Pastors)

Office of Readings

Daytime Prayer/Prayer during the day

Evening Prayer

Night Prayer
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September 19: St. Januarius, Bishop, Martyr, Optional Memoria

This saint is best known for the liquefying of his dried blood when exposed in a phial. Read about him here(Wikipedia) and here(Catholic Encyclopedia) and here (American Catholic Saint of the Day)

Morning Prayer with Invitatory (Common of Pastors)

Morning Prayer with Invitatory (Common of Martyrs)

Office of Readings

Daytime Prayer/Prayer during the day

Evening Prayer (Common of Pastors)

Evening Prayer (Common of Martyrs)

Night Prayer
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