The Divine Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours, is the official public prayer of the Church. As Canons Regular we are committed to sharing this beautiful form of liturgy with the wider community who come to share in our daily prayers. The prayer seeks the sanctification of the day as we mark time by the continuous praying of the Psalms. It is our tradition to chant or sing the Psalms, canticles and other scripture texts. The Divine Office is prayed by priests and religious throughout the day. Because we are committed to active ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, we do not pray all the hours in common. Rather, as a community, we come together to publicly and collectively pray Lauds (morning prayer) and Vespers (evening prayer). You are welcome to join us in prayer. Please see our prayer schedule.
Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council states:
By tradition going back to early Christian times, the divine office is devised so that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praises of God. Therefore, when this wonderful song of praise is rightly performed by priests and others who are deputed for this purpose by the Church's ordinance, or by the faithful praying together with the priest in the approved form, then it is truly the voice of the bride addressed to her bridegroom; It is the very prayer which Christ Himself, together with His body, addresses to the Father. (n.86)
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the connection between the public prayer of the Church
and our daily lives as Norbertines.