Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The liturgy of the Hours


Excited to finally purchase my very own Liturgy of the Hours prayer book and guide thanks to our parish pastor's generous invitation for bulk buying for a cheaper price. I picked up my prize the other day and dove into it wholeheartily....to my dismay it is as it was years ago when I wondered how folks can pray this complicated prayer.....confusing.

5 comments:

karen said...

I have struggled with this for a long time and so have not bought any book for it. I was at the Pauline Book Store and asked one of the sisters (Daughters of St. Paul) if she could explain it to me. She tried and then gave up, not because I was so thick but because she couldn't explain it understandably enough. How does one learn it? I have tried websites and asked others and no one seems to be able to teach it. If you figure it out, would you please consider posting a reference or explanation on your blog? Thank you.

Deliberated said...

I too am interested in Learning how to do this. I'm a new follower of your blog, and I would like to read more about the Liturgy of the Hours.

EbethW said...

Thank you both for finding me and letting me know that I am not the only one frustrated and confused, but truly desirous of learning this foundational prayer routine.

If I figure this out, I will most definitely share! I promise!

Hugs to you both
Ebeth

deanna said...

The best way to learn is have someone who prays it regularly go over it with you. I have some knowledge, but no way could explain it without sitting down with the book and person together.

Colleen said...

I pray the Liturgy of the Hours every morning at work (I work in a parish office). It is confusing at first but do not worry, you will get it.
Here are 3 suggestions for you:
1. Get the book General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours from USCCB - it explains things and tells you step by step.
2. Go to this site:
http://www.universalis.com/-400/lauds.htm
It has the readings of each day and you can get the idea of the order for it and if you are doing it right or not.
3. Talk to your priest or a deacon. My deacon hubby and I struggled at first too but repetition and learning it from one who knows helps.
Hope this helps.