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 Feb 28th 2016
    Liturgy of the Hours

    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.


  • 5 Dec 14th 2015
    Beautiful books!

    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!

    Victor Guzman

  • 5 Jun 15th 2015
    Good for Prayer and Meditation

    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.

    Vic Lee

  • 5 Mar 20th 2015
    Very pleased

    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.


  • 5 Mar 19th 2015
    Liturgy of the Hours-what could be better?

    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.

    Caroline Lawry

  • 5 Oct 30th 2014
    Easy to read

    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.


  • 5 Feb 14th 2014

    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

    Paul Phelan, CFP

  • 5 May 25th 2012
    Absolutely excellent

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


  • 5 May 13th 2012
    great quality

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


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