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


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  • 5 Jul 7th 2020
    Liturgy of the Hours the 4 Volumes

    I am so glad I purchased the Liturgy of the Hours the 4 volumes, able to keep up with my prayers


  • 4 Jan 27th 2020
    Liturgy of the Hours - Set of 4 Volumes

    Beautiful leather books! Love them! The only drawback is that the set came with last year's guide, not the current 2020 guide.


  • 5 Apr 11th 2019

    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.

    E. H.

  • 5 Mar 30th 2019
    LOTH large print is fabulous

    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.

    Kelly Ann Cantrell

  • 5 Dec 23rd 2018

    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.


  • 5 Oct 27th 2018
    Correct Translation

    Correct Translation, works well

    Carter Carruthers

  • 5 Jun 21st 2018
    A magnificent set!

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

    Pascale Leroy

  • 5 Jun 14th 2018
    The Liturgy of the Hours

    Beautiful books. Love them!


  • 5 Dec 6th 2017
    The Highest Form Of Prayer Outside of the Mass

    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?

    Ruth F. Charlesworth

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