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Join us in praying the Liturgy of the Hours
The canonical hours are Lauds (Morning Prayer) offered at sunrise, Terce (3rd hour, or Mid-Morning), Sext (6th hour or Midday), None (9th hour or Mid-Afternoon), Vespers (Evening Prayer) offered at sunset, and Compline (Night Prayer).
While our "liturgical prayer" structure (below) may seem heavily focused on western Christian tradition, it actually predates all "denominations." The basis of this prayer structure is the "canonical hours" or Divine Office which originated in the Old Covenant.
God commanded the Aaronic priests (1280 BC) to offer a morning and evening sacrifice (Exodus 29:38-39). During the Babylonian Exile (587-521 BC), when the Temple did not exist, the synagogue services of Torah readings and psalms and hymns developed as a substitute for the bloody sacrifices of the Temple, a sacrifice of praise.
After the people returned to Judea, and the Temple was re-built, the prayer services developed in Babylon for the local assemblies (synagogues) of the people were brought into Temple use, as well. We know that in addition to Morning and Evening Prayer to accompany the sacrifices, there was prayer at the Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours of the day.
The Acts of the Apostles notes that Christians continued to pray at these hours (Third: Acts 2:15; Sixth: Acts 10:9; Acts 10:3, Acts 10:30). Although the Apostles no longer shared in the Temple sacrifices—they had its fulfillment in the "breaking of the bread" (the Eucharist)—they continued to frequent the Temple at the customary hours of prayer (Acts 3:1).
"Lord, open our wounds and send us your healing,
open our ears and give us your word,
open our minds and give us understanding,
open our hearts and give us your love,
bless us with Your presence
and make our prayer fruitful.
May we conform our will to the will of God
and glorify his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
(prayer of St. John Vianney)
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally. My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
Prayer for the Conversion of a Soul
You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.