Obligation of the Liturgy of the Hours


The General Instructions on the Liturgy of the Hours reads: “By itself, Morning Prayer (Lauds) should be recited during the morning hours and Evening Prayer (Vespers) during the evening hours, as the names of these parts of the Office indicate. If someone cannot recite Morning Prayer (Lauds) in the morning, he has the obligation of reciting it as soon thereafter as possible. In the same way, if Evening Prayer (Vespers) cannot be recited during the evening hours, it must be recited as soon thereafter as possible (SC 89). In other words, the obstacle, which impedes the observation of the ‘true time of the hours’, is not by itself a cause that excuses the recitation either of Morning Prayer (Lauds) or of Evening Prayer (Vespers), because it is a question of the ‘Principal Hours’ (SC, 89) which ‘merit the greatest esteem’ (GILH, 40).

Read the entire QA at Obligation of the Liturgy of the Hours.

For more information on the Liturgy of the Hours and a bit of history, Opus Dei.
For monthly ordo for the single-volume set of the Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer / Evening Prayer.
For monthly ordo for the four-volume set of the Liturgy of the Hours: Morning Prayer / Evening Prayer.

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