Re: [liturgy-l] The liturgy of the hours
- It is not a requirement in any Lutheran Church that I am aware of. However, the Rule of the Society of the Holy Trinity, which is a pastoral oratory and an inter-Lutheran ministerium, lays on its members the obligation to pray the Daily Prayer of the Church and to offer the prayer offices as often as possible in the places where one serves. This is understood to be primarily Matins and Vespers, although Compline is increasingly made available in parishes. In my former congregation (from which I retired) we prayed Compline every Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. Most members of STS (that's Societas Trinitatis Sanctae) use the breviary entitled For All the Saints, published in four volumes by the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau. It is based on the offices in LBW and uses the 2-year daily lectionary shared in the LBW and the 1979 BCP. It also follows the 30/31-day course of psalmody in the BCP.
Frank C. Senn, STS
From: Scott Knitter <scottknitter@...>
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] The liturgy of the hours
I believe Church of England clerics are obligated by canon law to say
the Offices in church (after ringing the bell), with some provision
for exceptions. Roman Catholic clergy are also obligated to pray the
Liturgy of the Hours. In the Episcopal Church there are clerics who
consider it a duty to do so, but it's not a canonical requirement.
Then there are lay Christians like myself who feel called to pray the
Divine Office, in whatever form. I confess I am not always obedient to
this call (even as an oblate who has promised to pray two offices
daily), but the call and promise remain.
On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM, William Renwick
> HI everyone: I am wondering about the priestly obligation to say the daily hours of the office----
> I understand that RC priests _were_ obliged to say the office daily as part of their calling, their duties. Is this still the case? What are the current rules, if any?
> Are the priests (or deacons) of other denominations obliged in this way at all? Lutheran; Anglican; other? what about the laity?
> In the case that there is some obligation, I am just wondering whether it is an obligation that is generally respected or ignored.
> with thanks
> William Renwick
> School of the Arts
> McMaster University
> Hamilton Ontario CANADA L8S 4M2 http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~renwick/wr.htm
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Scott R. Knitter
Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois USA