The Fullness of Divine Worship
"The Liturgy of the Hours... was seen as a kind of necessary complement to the fullness of divine worship that is contained in the Eucharistic sacrifice, by means of which that worship might overflow to reach all the hours of daily life."
- Apostolic Constitution promulgating the Liturgy of the Hours
Each day, the community gathers to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, the prayer of the Church. In keeping with the Church's emphasis on Lauds and Vespers as the principle Hours and in accord with our manner of life as contemplative-active religious, we pray with loving care the Hours of Lauds, Vespers, and Compline.
Our praying of the Hours is an act of spiritual maternity: in it, we bring souls to God. The Office is the very prayer of the Church, the spouse of Christ, expressing the hopes and desires of all His people and presenting the petitions of all mankind. Our participation in the Liturgy of the Church is our most universal exercise of spiritual maternity.
May Mary, Mother of the Church, teach us to pray with her dispositions!
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