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"Next to the Eucharist itself, it is the Liturgy of the Hours which provides the most efficacious means for achieving both the glorification of God and the sanctification of men."
Dominic F. Scotto, TOR
Lord, Teach Us How to Pray. pp. 7-8
Society of St. Paul / Alba House
Comments? Agree? Disagree?
If you agree, why do you think more people aren't praying the Divine Office?
I know it's the most important prayer of the Church after the Mass but as a layman who has prayed the Liturgy of the Hours for a while now, I'm not sure if I'd agree that it's the most efficacious means for the average layman. Maybe he's correct but to be honest, I wonder if for the average person with limited time and means, the Rosary could actually be a more efficent means of prayer.
That said, I think* Shorter Christian Prayer *(the smaller 1-volume version of the LOTH) is a really excellent way of prayer and I wish a lot more people were encouraged to take it up without being made to feel they're doing LOTH-light. It's about the size of an average prayerbook and Morning and Evening Prayer take up only a little more time than the average set of morning and night prayers from a typical book of prayers. The 4 week cycle of psalms give it a variety you don't get from reciting the same prayers every morning or night. I think that for the average layperson it's enough, even if they only do one Hour each day, unless they feel called to pray more of the LOTH.
If you agree, why do you think more people aren't praying the Divine Office?/
I think there are lot's of reasons. It hasn't been prayed in the average parish for years, years, and years so the average person isn't exposed to it.The structure can be confusing. The books can sometimes be difficult to find. You can't memorize it like you can the responses at Mass and you can't cary it in your pocket like you can a Rosary. The full 4 volumes can be expensive for the average person and the books as we have them aren't really set up for use in a parish.