Divine Office: The Liturgy of the Hours from Catholic Exchange

“Seven times a day I praise thee.”

-Psalm 119:164

The Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, is the prayer of the Church. Each day, countless faithful throughout the world join in sanctifying the day by marking the hours with prayer. It is a prayer of praise offered by the Church to Our Lord.

Catholic Exchange is proud to offer you this daily tradition, courtesy of Universalis. If you would like to dive deeper into the meaning of these prayer, pick up the book A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. Additionally, we’ve provided previews of Fr. Gallagher’s work on the Liturgy of the Hours below, after the Office of Readings.

The Liturgy of the Hours

Additional Resources

Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V. is a priest and author whose work includes reflections and advice on praying the Divine Office. He served for ten years as provincial superior of his Catholic religious congregation, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.

You can find free excerpts below which are from his spiritual classic, A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours. CE is proud to give you these resources for praying the Divine Office.

What Is the Liturgy of the Hours?