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The Liturgy of the Hours - Set of 4 Volumes

The Liturgy of the Hours - Set of 4 Volumes

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This complete four volume set of The Liturgy of the Hours was published by Catholic Book Publishing Corporation in 1976. This four volume set includes the Saint Joseph Guide for the Liturgy of the Hours and an outline and format guide to teach the proper way to pray this universal and beloved Church prayer.

The set is available in either black bonded leather, with gold gilded pages (Item #1033343) in imitation leather - red, blue, green, and brown, with colored gilded pages to match the cover (Item# 1033358) or in large print leather - red, blue, green, and brown (Item #1033493). The large print volumes have a 14 point font size (book covers are not available for the large print version).

The Liturgy of the Hours is meant to be a prayer encompassing the entire Body of Christ: clergy, religious and laity. Since ancient times Christians adopted the Jewish custom of setting apart specific times of the day for prayer. Eventually certain times for common prayer were established. Today this custom is called the Liturgy of the Hours, also referred to as the Divine Office or Christian Prayer (shorter form), and is mandatory for clergy and religious, though participation of the laity is highly encouraged. When possible the clergy and laity may join together for prayer especially when Vespers is celebrated on Sundays and solemn feast days. This prayer form focuses on the Psalms and includes Bible readings and spiritual writings from the Church Fathers and other authors. The full Liturgy of the Hours includes prayer seven times a day, but many people focus on the major prayer hours which include morning (Lauds) and evening (Vespers) prayers.

  • 1.Matins—(during night)------Nocturns prayer
  • 2.Lauds—(dawn)---------------dawn prayer
  • 3.Terce—(9am)----------------mid-morning prayer
  • 4.Sext—(12 noon)-------------midday prayer
  • 5.None—(3pm)-----------------mid-afternoon prayer
  • 6.Vespers—(evening)----------evening prayer
  • 7.Compline—(before bed)------night prayer


Dimensions & Specifications

  • 4 3/8" x 6 3/4"
  • ISBN: 9780899424118
  • Pages: 8160
  • Language: English
  • Occasion: Holy Orders

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(4.97/5 Stars, 32 Ratings) Based on 32 Reviews


Review: I am new to the Liturgy, but I want to say that, as a Catholic, to pray the liturgy, is a wonderful experience, I was overwhelmed at first, but the helpful guides can get you through. My purchase of the imitation leather was a fantastic buy from The Catholic Company, a day later I received it and got right into it. A great price, well made, opens nice and flat, and guides you where you need to go. Thank you Catholic Company, I really like shopping with you.

LOTH large print is fabulous

Review: These books are very well made. I am brand new at this so I haven't tackled them yet. I am learning with "the Christian Prayer" book. I guess I am a perfectionist, so I am going to order another book on how to pray the LOTH. I have started and I love it but I feel like I missed an instruction somewhere since I haven't used the readings in the back at all, but I will figure this out, I am not giving up this is very important to me and I really love it.


Review: Great. Just wanted to say this: Don't be intimidated by learning how to use these books. Navigation is quite fluid and if you've used Christian Prayer the layout is almost identical. In fact, since you only have to carry one volume at a time, the only advantage Christian Prayer has is price. Ease of use and portability are comparable. Plus, now you have the complete hours.

Correct Translation

Review: Correct Translation, works well

A magnificent set!

Review: Everything I needed for daily prayer is right there. Beautiful quality from the soft leather cover to the ribbons. A true treasure.

The Liturgy of the Hours

Review: Beautiful books. Love them!

The Highest Form Of Prayer Outside of the Mass

Review: I recommend the 4 Volume Liturgy of the Hours as a specific way Catholics can Spiritually grow and unite with their brothers and sisters in their Catholic Faith. It is a universal daily means of Scriptural prayer that corresponds to the Liturgical Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time. In other words, you cover with prayer the entire Church Year with the highest form of prayer outside the Mass. How good is that?

Absolutely Wonderful: Imitation Leather Version

Review: I purchased this as a reward for having maintained my practice for a year using online resources. There are lots of wonderful resources for the Divine Office online these days; however, I must say that having these in a physical volume changes the feeling of the prayers profoundly. My prayer became a lot more intimate when I started using these volumes. Something about flipping the pages and preparing for the next day transformed this practice into a deeply contemplative experience for me.

Thanks from a happy customer!

Review: I recently received my order for the four volume, imitation leather Liturgy of the Hours. I wanted to express my satisfaction with the product and my pleasure at the prompt customer service I received. When I placed my order, the books were shipped within one day. I sent an email requesting a tracking number for my package; their response was quick and helpful. When I got the parcel, the amount of care they took in packing the books was apparent. I am very happy! Thank you Catholic Company!

The Liturgy of The Hours

Review: An excellent edition of the Liturgy of the Hours. Well organized and beautiful binding. It enables you to make your day and night a spiritual devotion of prayer and reflection.

Liturgy of the Hours

Review: Perfect

Liturgy of the Hours - Large Print, Leather

Review: I purchased this to replace my original set of some forty years. Was looking for larger print due to my aging eyes. The quality and construction of these volumes are excellent. They are a pleasure to hold, read, and pray with. If you are considering praying the Liturgy of the Hours, I would highly recommend this set. You will not be disappointed.

Nice Books

Review: This set of books is of great quality. The one problem I had was with the printing in the Supplement. The Catholic Company however quickly replaced the defective item! Shipping was very fast!

Best set of Liturgy of the Hours!

Review: This set is very well made, quality, and it is great to have the entire set of four for the entire year. These will be almost a timeless set which can be used for years and more years! The Catholic Company sells this set at a great price and has beaten other sellers at quality and price!

Love it!

Review: I absolutely love the quality of this product! I got the black leather, the font is easy to read, and it came with everything I needed to get started. I will treasure this purchase for many many years to come.

The Liturgy of the Hours (4 volumes)

Review: Awesome!!! I purchased the vinyl covers and am extremely pleased with the quality.

Liturgy of the Hours

Review: The Format of the liturgy is easy to follow. And the Guide book is very helpful too. I personally believe the praying of the hours is a Blessing and a way to say and learn about life and how to live it completely.

Beautiful books!

Review: These books are beautiful. They are very well built, easy to move through, and I know they will last for many years. I was so impressed at how carefully they were packaged! Each book came individually wrapped and the entire set was boxed so professionally. I use them daily and I am very satisfied!

Good for Prayer and Meditation

Review: I find it useful to maintain the morning, evening and night prayers and I find the office of readings especially useful for daily Lectio Divina.

Very pleased

Review: I only just purchased this set and am still working through the rhythm of the Liturgy of the Hours. I do find that the more I use the prayer, the better I understand how the Hours work; when praying the Hours consistently, I also find that it is difficult to be focused on unpleasant, sad, or negative thoughts for very long. I am delighted with this purchase and The Catholic Company Customer Service.

Liturgy of the Hours-what could be better?

Review: I have used the Shorter Christian Prayer initially, moved to Christian Prayer and then decided that I would like the whole package. I am still learning to navigate the volumes, but am most pleased and feel that I have been given a great work.

Easy to read

Review: I am a cradle Catholic, Pope Pius X11 was my Pope while attending high school. I finally obtained my own edition of The Liturgy Of The Hours it is easy to read and understand. I highly recommend it. The Catholic Company shipped it WITHIN 2 days. I ordered it on a Tuesday Oct 28 at 6:33 pm and received it by the Thursday Oct 30 at 1:01 pm. Fantastic customer service to the Catholic Company keep up the good work.


Review: As a appreciative customer I would simply suggest a way to learn and pray the LOTH. After you purchase your wonderful set, go to Divine Office org Millions of people have come to use this site which offers full text, audio prayed/sung, and multiple download options. Thank you Catholic Company for your dedication, excellent customer service, and fine religious products. Thank you for helping the Body of Christ pray unceasingly the second most important prayer of the Church. Pax et Bonum, Paul CFP

Absolutely excellent

Review: The 4-volume Liturgy of the Hours has plenty of readings and commentary on the Holy Scripture.

great quality

Review: Haven't quite figured out how to use, but seems like fantastic books.

Beautifully Made!

Review: I would recommend these to anyone.



Great Addition to Catholic Library

Review: A little difficult to understand at first but easy with a little practice. Great addition to daily prayer/meditations. Best Uses: Daily meditations

Lives up to its promise

Review: Best Uses: Daily devotions, Enjoy beauty of poetry, Meditations; Pros: Beautiful, Comprehensive, Easy to follow

Excellent! Thank you.

Review: For praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

Wow! What a blessing. Be patient.

Review: Thinking about praying the Liturgy of the Hours? Do it! Praying with the Church is not only valuable on its own, but adds a new vigor to the spontaneous prayers we say in fact, it makes it easier to pray constantly. For a layperson, it helps to learn with others who know (priests are open to this). The St. Joseph guide is very helpful as well. Go easy on yourself at first with learning the rubrics, etc. But this is well worth the effort. I own no other set to speak of. This is beautiful, and I can put little prayers in multiple places. Yes, I write in my breviary. I find this easier to use than the one volume set ("Christian Prayer"), and the Office of the Readings has been priceless.

Beautiful Devotional Tools

Review: I'm really enjoying my 4-volume Liturgy of the Hours set...although as a cradle Protestant I am just learning to use them. They are of excellent quality and I look forward to using them for many years.
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