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Liturgia horarum

Liturgia horarum (1971). The daily ritual celebrated by most monastic congregations today is the Liturgia Horarum, or Liturgy of the Hours, first published in 1971. The modern Liturgy is a much less demanding regimen than the Medieval Office. The office of Prime is no longer included, and the office of Matins is now an office of readings which may be observed at any time of the day. Lauds and Vespers are given the most emphasis, and Terce, Sext, None, and Compline retain their traditional positions. The Liturgy of the Hours uses the same ferial hymns used in the Medieval Office, with the addition of a second hymn for each of the little hours; the traditional hymns and the newly assigned...

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