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Old Feb 17, '12, 8:49 pm
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Default Re: Eastern Equivalent of the Divine Office

Originally Posted by Vico View Post
The Divine Praises (Byzantine):

Each day, the following services are celebrated in monasteries and churches of the Byzantine liturgical tradition around the world:
  • Vespers is the solemn evening prayer of the Church which begins the liturgical day. We thank God for the blessing of creation, especially for the gift of light both corporal and spiritual, and ask for pardon for our sins and offenses, and protection throughout the night.
  • Compline is a communal prayer before bedtime.
  • The Midnight Office is a nocturnal vigil, in which we meditate upon the unexpected coming of Christ.
  • Matins is the solemn morning prayer of the Church, an office of supplication, repentence and praise.
  • The First Hour, celebrated after Matins, is the the first of the four daytime Hours; it is followed by:
  • The Third Hour, celebrated at mid-morning.
  • The Sixth Hour, celebrated at noon.
  • The Ninth Hour, celebrated between mid-afternoon and Vespers of the new day.
  • Typika, a service of psalms and prayers appointed for the Liturgy of the day, which is held when the Divine Liturgy is not celebrated.

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In Benedictine monasteries (or friaries?) dont they do all these services publicly in their church/chapel?

Im pretty sure this trappist monastery in my state does it
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Old Feb 18, '12, 11:08 am
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Default Re: Eastern Equivalent of the Divine Office

Benedictine monasteries normally do offer all the Hours and open the doors to the general public. That's their traditional charism. Whether or not all Benedictine monasteries follow that charism is a different question.

The Benedictines live in monasteries. Monks always live and remain in monasteries. Friars live in friaries, but are not "confined" to the friary. Usually the monastic focus is on stability (i.e. remaining in one place), whereas the mendicant (i.e. friars) focus is on evangelizing throughout the world.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

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Old Feb 19, '12, 2:07 pm
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Default Re: Eastern Equivalent of the Divine Office

Thank you so much!

I've attached today's file as an example.[/quote]
"Acquire a peaceful spirit, and thousands around you will be saved." St. Seraphim of Sarov
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