[quote="OraLabora, post:22, topic:316461"]
Prior to Vatican II the Divine Office was known as the Divine Office, and it was recited from the Breviarium Romanum (Roman Breviary), or for monastics, from the Breviarum Monasticum (monastic breviary).
FSSP priests would still use the Roman Breviary, and a few monastic communities still using the EF Mass would use the Monastic Breviary (pre-Vatican II).
This is what the priest meant by "the Office". Many priests did say it all in one shot to "get it over with".
Now since 1970, the "Office" is the LOTH. It's what priests are obligated to pray every day. Moreover they're supposed to respect the verity of the hours. So while praying, say, Terce somewhere between 8 and 10 am would be OK, praying it at 2 pm would not, nor would praying Lauds in the evening be OK. The only Office which can be moved around is the Office of Readings which has its historical roots in the old office of Vigils, or as it was also known, Matins. Many, myself included, still use it as Vigils (I pray it immediately upon rising in the morning and occasionally if I have a restless night, at around 4 am).
The LOTH is prayed by every diocesan priest, and part of it, by every deacon. However monastic communities usually have their own version. In ours it is called "Liturgie monastique des Heures" (Monastic Liturgy of the Hours).
AFAIK there's no other obligation on priests for prayer, than the LOTH and the Mass. "The Office" consists exclusively of the LOTH or for priests using the older form, the Roman Breviary.
Thanks very much. An excellent explanation and exactly what I was looking for.
Now, since Joannm told me about iBreviary, I have two LOTHs:
[LIST=1]]Office of Readings]Lauds*]Daytime Prayers*]Vespers*]Compline[/LIST]
[LIST=1]]Invitatory]Office of Readings*]Morning Prayer*]Midmorning Prayer*]Midday Prayer*]Midafternoon Prayer*]Evening Prayer*]Night Prayer[/LIST]
First, I am wonder if both are complete, or if iBreviary might not be a condensed version of the LOTH.
Second, I am wondering what the times are for their saying. If the DivineOffice.org version is complete, then there are possible 8 times indicated. For iBreviary there are possibly 5 times indicated. If one is more complete than the other, I will probably opt for the more complete version.
Lastly, I am wondering if either of these versions require any additional reading to make their renderings complete, and if that is easily determinable and accessible.
It's a big order, so I'll just put this out there for anyone to respond, not necessarily you, OraLabora, and thank you for help. I commend you to Our Lady.