We welcome you to join the Community of Jesus daily via livestream as we pray the Liturgy of the Hours — Lauds and Vespers.  These services sung in Gregorian chant include psalms, hymns, readings, and prayers.

Lauds – January 29

Psalms for Lauds

Psalms: 95, 63, 118
Canticle: 1 Samuel 2:1b-10, Psalm 150
Benedictus: Luke 1:68–79

Reading for Lauds

A reading from a sermon of John Landsberg

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Everyone knows that we were all born in darkness, and once lived in darkness. Now that the Sun of Righteousness has risen for us, let us see that we no longer remain in darkness. Christ came to enlighten those who lived in darkness, overshadowed by death, and to guide their feet into the way of peace. Do you ask what darkness? Whatever is present in our intellect, in our will, or in our memory, that is not God, or which has not its source in God. That is to say, that whatever in us is not for God’s sake, is a barrier between God and the soul; it is darkness.

In himself, Christ brought us light which would enable us to see our sins, and hate our darkness. His freely chosen poverty is for us a light by which we can now learn that the poor in spirit, to whom the kingdom of heaven belongs, are blessed. The love with which Christ offered himself is for us a light by which we may learn to love our enemies.

Vespers – January 29

Psalms for Vespers

Psalms: 110, 111, 112, 113
Canticle: Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 12
Magnificat: Luke 1:46b–55

Reading for Vespers

A reading from the Gospel according to John

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.”.

Verbum Domini
[John 7:37-41aN]

The Liturgy of the Hours is the most frequent form of daily prayer. The Community gathers at designated hours to worship according to this ancient practice.

In the morning, Lauds causes our first words to be offered to the praise of God. At the end of the day we celebrate Vespers, looking back upon the day with thanksgiving.  Join us each day via livestream at the times listed below.

Vespers     5:30 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Lauds       7:30 AM
Vespers    5:30 PM

Vespers       5:30 PM

Lauds        9:15 AM
Vespers II 5:15 PM

The Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office) is one form of prayer with both traditional and ecumenical dimensions. At its heart stands the Word of God, especially as expressed in the Psalms, that have for centuries provided a language of prayer, both spoken and sung, for every branch of the church.

For more about the Liturgy of the Hours, please click here

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