Loving the Liturgy of the Hours
Daria, I would like to start combining the Office of Readings with Evening Prayer. Is there a guideline as to which one comes first then? And are there any sections that only need to be prayed once (like the opening or closing verse, or the concluding prayer)? I think I read about that somewhere, either in your book or online, but I can't find the information now that I need it. Thanks in advance for the reply.
GILH #99: If the office of readings comes immediately before another hour of the office, then the appropriate hymn for that hour may be sung at the beginning of the office of readings. At the end of the office of readings the prayer and conclusion are omitted and in the hour following the introductory verse with the Glory to the Father is omitted.
In addition to what the above reply, you also would not do the concluding verse of the Office of Readings (Let us bless the Lord/and give Him thanks) but would go right into Evening Prayer following the responsory to the second reading. It is traditional when combing OOR with Morning Prayer to say OOR first, but I'm not sure this is the case with Evening Prayer. If for some reason you preferred to do Evening Prayer first, you would just do the reverse, skipping one hymn and one concluding prayer as explained above.