In this 5th Grade lesson, you study the Liturgy of the Hours, also called the Divine Office. You also study the Liturgical Year and the ends of Liturgy.
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The Church has a special calendar that is followed throughout the year. This calendar is called the Liturgical Year. We trace the life of Christ and salvation history through the Liturgical Year. Just as a normal year has seasons, such as winter, spring, summer and fall, the Liturgical Year follows seasons as well.
Unlike the normal year, which starts on January 1st, the Church calendar begins with Advent, which focuses on the preparation for the birth of Jesus. Christmas Season then follows, beginning with the birth of the Lord, and then we celebrate the Epiphany (when the wise men came and brought gifts to Jesus), and concludes with the Baptism of the Lord (when John the Baptist baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River).
Lent occurs soon after the Epiphany and lasts for 40 days and prepares us for Easter. Easter Season begins with the Easter Vigil Mass, is followed by the 40 days leading to the Ascension and then concludes 10 days later with Pentecost. Pentecost is the time we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. We continue to reflect on and living the mysteries of God until we start Advent again in the fall.
In addition to the seasons of the Liturgical year, we also celebrate special Feast Days for Saints who glorified God while they lived on earth. There are many special days including All Saints Day on November 1st and the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8.
In addition to the Church running on a yearly calendar, it also runs on a daily calendar as well. Priests and Religious around the world pray something called the Liturgy of the Hours every single day. The Liturgy of the Hours is a collection of special prayers and readings that are prayed throughout the day, and these prayers make every day holy.
The Breviary is the name of the book of the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office. All priests, monks, and nuns pray the Divine Office throughout the day. The Liturgy of the Hours sanctifies, which means it makes holy, each hour of every day.
The Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, is a series of prayers that mark the hours of the day. “Seven times a day I praise you because your edicts are just.” (Psalm 119: 164)
Each of the hours has a special name: Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline. Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers) are the two primary Hours of the day. Night Prayer (Compline) ends th... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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