Friday, September 19, 2014

Spreading the Good News of the Liturgy of the Hours

Reader Ed Rio has a question:

"What advice/tips would you give someone to help spread awareness of the Liturgy of the Hours? This is one of the great hidden treasures of the Church that I'd like to get more people to know about. 
Sometimes I'll post a photo on Facebook of a deer with the "longing for running streams" quote and say where it's from. Or maybe there will be a reading/hymn from Morning/Evening Prayer that really stands out and I'll share that. I've run out of ideas. "

I shared a few of my thought with Ed, but thought this might be a good question for all of you. You all love praying the psalms and canticles with their antiphons etc., in harmony with the feasts and seasons of the Church year. How do you get other people interested, or heck, even aware that this is actually a thing that lay people can do? This could be thru social media (as Ed has tried) or one on one with friends, co-workers,  fellow parishioners, or even family members.  

Let's come up with a good list. I'll start. If good ones turn up in the comment boxes below, I'll try to past them in here. 

1. Leave a breviary lying on your desk at work so that it will invite  questions. 


  1. I'm just fairly open about what I'm doing at work when I duck out for midday prayer (or for the Sacrament of Reconciliation over lunch, for that matter). I don't say, "If anybody needs me, I'll be back after midday prayer," but on those (rare) occasions that somebody asks, I tell.

    1. Round off a big parish event like a Summer Fayre with Evening Prayer in church. A surprising number of people stay.

  2. 1. The hope expressed in Vatican II that the Divine Office might become more common in parishes throughout the Church has obviously not 'yet' happened. Non-the-less, there certainly are some parishes where it has taken root. I don't think they should not be taken for granted. I think that they would benefit from the awareness created by articles in the local Diocesan publications / website, as well as bulletins of neighbouring parishes and the like. I think there is a hunger out there among Catholics to come together in prayer, but they are often unaware that such a thing as the Liturgy of the Hours even exists.

    2. I have been active on Twitter for a few years now. Initially, I thought I would use it it just to promote my website, but more and more I have been "re-tweeting" others who also pray (and tweet) the Divine Office. There is a small (but persistent) core of people on Twitter who are the 'converted' (so to speak): they already know and love the Liturgy of the Hours, and love sharing it with others. Usually they tweet some of the intentions, the response, or a short verse from psalms. Some are Priests and Religious, but most are the Laity. I don't really know what impact their activity on Social Media has had on others, but it certainly creates a positive and welcoming environment for anyone who is wondering why these Catholics keep tweeting scripture morning, noon, and night!

    - Thanks

  3. It seems that the celebration of Vespers is part of most papal visits to cathedrals and churches recently...these televised liturgies might help grow the awareness of our church"s treasury of liturgies.