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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Praying the Breviary



My wife recently bought me a new Anglican Breviary for my birthday and it has been confusing to learn to pray the hours with all the many rubrics that are necessary to learn in order to pray the offices properly. But, with discipline and hard work (ora et labora), it can be learned and very benficial to help keep one in an attitude of prayer throughout the day. I have been praying the daily office of Morning and Evening Prayer for some time but through Lent I began to pray throughout the day using the Manual for Anglo-Catholic devotions and have advanced to the Breviary. I was frustrated with it at first, but sticking with it has proven to be a real blessing throughout the day. I am sure that it will prove to be a wonderful tool as I seek to keep the Church before the throne of God in prayer each day. If any of my readers pray the Breviary and want to offer any helpful hints, that would be most appreciated.



Matins and Lauds -- 2-3 a.m.
Prime -- upon rising
Terce -- 9 a.m.
Sext -- Noon
None -- 3 p.m.
Vespers -- at sunset
Compline -- before bed

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