31 July 2018

Word of the Day: Prime

PRIME. The part of the Divine Office formerly assigned to the first hour (hora prima), about six in the morning in monastic communities. It is no longer part of the Liturgy of the Hours according to the Roman Rite.
Prime did not have to wait for the destroyers of the Divine Office to be gutted like the other Hours. It was 'suppressed' outright by the Council Therefore , their is no comparison to give.

It is, however, still said by the Traditional Orders and Institutes. One thing that was totally lost with Prime, was the reading of the Martyrology. It is read at Prime, so when the Hour was 'suppressed' it disappeared from the Liturgy. I post it every day so anyone reciting the Breviary, but who does not own a Martyrology, can find it easily.

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