Tag Archives: Liturgy of the Hours

Seven Sacred Pauses 7: Compline

Seventh Hour: Compline We’re back to where we started. Back to darkness again, where we began in the first hour of the day. But not really. One of the great misunderstandings of spiritual life is the tendency to confuse cycles … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 6: Vespers

Sixth Hour:  Vespers Vespers. Evening. The liminal time when daylight fades into darkness. Those transitional moments—the turning of day to night, the changing of seasons, the thresholds and passages that mark significant shifts in our lives—are often perceived as “thin … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 5: None

Fifth Hour:  None The fifth hour of the day, None. It’s mid-afternoon, three to six, the conclusion of the work day and the preparation for winding down in the evening. Metaphorically, this hour serves as a reminder that life continues … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 1: Vigils

First Hour:  Vigils The Ammas and Abbas, the holy mothers and fathers of our faith, made a practice of praying the Liturgy of the Hours—the seven holy pauses during the day which call us to draw together in community and … Continue reading

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