Community Recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours -Clarification

August 2017
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There is no requirement that communities model their method of praying the Liturgy of the Hours after the OCD Friars.

It is enough that the community is reverent, prayerful, and in harmony. Any of the options given in the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours (GILH), published by the USCCB, are acceptable. That is the definitive document for the USA on how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

The local Council may make corrections to how the community recites the LOTH. The Council should be sensitive to the community’s comfort and usual practice, and not introduce changes without good reason.

It is usual for communities to have first and second cantors, since this is one of the Oklahoma Province OCDS formation goals.
Cantors set the pace. It is a good practice of holy detachment for members to conscientiously follow the cantors’ lead.

A pause at the end of each line helps keep the community in harmony.

The Glory to the Father is not split, but is recited as a regular strophe. The practice of splitting the Gloria comes from group recitation of the rosary, and is not proper to liturgical prayer.

If using the psalm-prayer, it comes after the repetition of the antiphon at the end of the psalm.