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One of our members asked PAPA spiritual advisor, Father Michael Joseph Nguyen Truongluan, C.Ss.R. the following question.

Good Morning, Father Michael

When is the Office of Readings prayed?

I enjoy reading the Office in the morning as well as the morning prayer. They are different yet very helpful in my prayer life.

Unfortunately I sometimes can’t read both bc of time constraints.

Thank you for your help.



Father Michael Response:

Dear Olivia:

God bless you. Thank you for the good and practical question.

Here's the time for Divine Office according to the Catholic Monastic Tradition:


* Matins : during the night, at about 2 a.m. Also called Vigil composed of 2 or 3 Nocturns

* Lauds : Dawn Prayer - at dawn, about 5 a.m. Earlier in summer, later in winter.

* Prime : Early Morning Prayer. First Hour = 6 a.m.

* Terce : Mid-Morning - Third Hour = 9 a.m.

* Sext : Midday Prayer - Sixth Hour = 12 noon.

* None : Mid-Afternoon - Ninth Hour = 3 p.m.

* Vespers : Evening Prayer - at the lighting of the lamps"- 6 p.m.

* Compline : Night Prayer- before retiring - 7 p.m.

REMEMBER: this is the meaning of the Divine Office Time, but each monastery would have their own time table for prayer, depending on the need of the religious community and the decision of the Abbot or Rector.

Also, only the Monks would follow the above time schedule for Divine Office; the Diocesan clerics have a different time table.

Pax Christi

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