Liturgy of the Hours
Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office) is a form of prayer with both traditional and ecumenical dimensions. At its heart stands the Word of God, especially as expressed in the Psalms, that has provided a language of prayer, both spoken and sung, for every branch of the church. The Liturgy of the Hours is a form of communal prayer that marks the passing of time—the services follow the natural order of the day. In the morning, Lauds causes our first words to be offered to the praise of God. At Midday we briefly break from our labors in order to remember that God, not our work, gives meaning to our day and that whatever good we do will have prayer at its source. In the evening we celebrate Vespers, looking back upon the day with thanksgiving, while acknowledging that not all we have done has been to the glory of God. Finally, at Compline, we commend ourselves to God’s care through the night and pray for the blessing of God on his church.
Livestream Liturgy of the Hours
Join us via livestream daily for the Liturgy of the Hours – Lauds and Vespers. These services sung in Gregorian chant are streamed daily from the Church of the Transfiguration.
The eloquent expression of Gregorian chant is a musical icon of the Word of God. It conveys holiness and lifts the heart, mind, and soul in prayer. The Community preserves and strengthens this unique form of sung prayer as a living tradition, chanting the Liturgy of the Hours and the ordinary and proper of the Eucharist. The use of Latin in connection with the chant serves as a unifying language of prayer and as the optimum vehicle for the texts, which are so closely connected to these time-honored melodies.