St. Frances Cabrini Parish invites all parishioners to pray Lauds (Morning Prayer) as a community during the liturgical seasons of Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas, and various Feast Days of the Church. It starts at 8:10 AM and ends before our Daily Mass.
According to USCCB, “The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office, is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer.” By praying the official prayer of the Church, we are joining with the Catholics throughout the whole world by reciting same words of the Psalms and same intentions.
According to Aletia.org, “It is common to see priests or religious stop during the day to offer prayers out of a small black book. Sometimes even lay people will have that same black book and sit in the back pew of church to pray. What is it that they are praying?Priests, religious and deacons are obligated to pray daily what is called the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. It consists of praying a set of prayers each day at different times, from morning to night. It is a prayer routine not only reserved for those consecrated to God, but also a common prayer practice for the laity.”
Aletia.org notes, “Since Vatican II the Church has continued to promote this practice and has encouraged the laity to join in this Liturgy.
Pastors of souls should see to it that the chief hours, especially Vespers, are celebrated in common in church on Sundays and the more solemn feasts. And the laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office, either with the priests, or among themselves, or even individually” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 100).”