28 July 2018

Word of the Day: Canonical Hours

CANONICAL HOURS. The prescribed periods of prayer in the recitation or chant of the Divine Office. Also called the Liturgy of the Hours. In the revised liturgy since the Second Vatican Council, these periods are: the Office of Readings, the Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, the Daytime Prayer and the Night Prayer. The book, in four volumes, for the canonical hours is the Breviary.
Father defines the post-Conciliar Liturgy of the Hours, which a friend of mine once aptly termed the 'fast food of liturgy'. His term for it was 'McOffice'. Over the next few days, we'll discuss the Traditional Hours of the Divine Office, still said by the Traditional Orders and Institutes.

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