What time range is it ok to recite lauds and vespers? For a long time I’ve been influenced by the comments made by a certain Brother Ignatius in a particular forum. In his posts he basically states that lauds, for example, should be recited anytime between 5 and 8 am at the latest (for vespers, between 5 and 7, no later than 8 pm). As a result, I’ve been following this advice… That is, I usually pray lauds at 7 am and vespers at 5 pm. If 1 or 2 hours pass without having prayed the hour, then I just let it go.
I just spent a whole week in Rome and during my visit I noticed that many churches, including St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Mary Major actually have lauds at 9 am!.. At St. Peter’s they even started at 9:45 am! I thought “wow, how ‘late’”. I even spoke to a few random priests about this, and they all told me that anytime from “7-10 am” for lauds is ok… and one told me that sometimes in his community they begin vespers as late as 8 pm
So I began wondering if Br. Ignatius perhaps was exaggerating in being too strict in his posts about the proper times to hold these prayers? (this is the post that I am referring to: saint-mike.org/apologetics/qa/answers/divine_office/o0210170001.html)
So I would like to take a survey of those who pray the LOTH, what time do you normally pray lauds/vespers?