Prime (detail) | Stained glass window in the St. Norbert Abbey ChurchPrime (detail) | Stained glass window in the St. Norbert Abbey Church

Liturgy of the Hours

Be zealous in prayer at the hours and times appointed. When you pray to God in psalms and hymns ponder in your heart what your lips are saying.

—The Rule of St. Augustine

As Canons Regular, one of the primary ministries of Norbertines is living a common life devoted to the sung choral office—specifically Morning Prayer (Lauds), Midday Prayer, and Evening Prayer (Vespers)—known as the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Liturgy of the Hours consists of psalms, Scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments, prayers, hymns, intercessions, antiphons (short introductions and responses to each psalm), and canticles (hymns of praise also taken from the Old and New Testaments).

Even though the liturgy is completely sung in the Norbertine tradition, everything including the psalm tunes and hymn tunes are accessible to the laity. You are welcome to join the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey for daily Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer in the church—where the north clerestory stained glass windows depict the times of Liturgy of the Hours—and for Mid-day Prayer, which takes place in the Chapter Room.

Learn about the Liturgy of the Eucharist »

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