The Liturgy of the Hours

The Liturgy of the Hours

I grew up in a household where one of my parents was Catholic and the other Protestant. Though we were raised Catholic, went to Church every Sunday, attended Catholic grade school, we never really talked about it much at home.

As I grew older and more interested in exploring my faith I spent a lot of time with my Protestant friends. They taught me about Scripture and spontaneous prayer, not so much about rote prayer as I was accustomed to in the Catholic liturgy.

As I continued to look into my Catholic faith I realized there were many things I didn’t know. I didn’t know how to follow along in Latin during some of the sung responses of Lent. I didn’t know many of the prayers by heart except for the Our Father and Hail Mary. I had a rosary but didn’t know how to pray it and I certainly had no idea what the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours was all about.  

These devotions were foreign to me until I decided to learn about them on my own. I now enjoy praying the rosary and feel much peace when I do since I understand now what it’s all about. And thanks to our book entitled The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, by Daria Sockey, I have a newfound appreciation for this universal prayer of the Church.

Whatever helps bring us closer to Our Lord I believe is worth taking the time to investigate.


About the Author

Judy Zarick is a producer in the Media department at Franciscan Media. She has worked in both video and radio production, where she has produced music videos, faith-formation programs for video, and the popular "Lenten Radio Retreat" and "Advent Radio Retreat" programs for radio. Her primary jobs are as a wife and as a mother to her four children.