Trinity Liturgy of the Hours
Daily liturgical prayer, especially at the beginning and end of the working day is the inheritance of every Christian. In the Church of England this daily offering has been well made over the centuries in our cathedrals and parish churches, the parish priest ringing the bell, as instructed by the Book of Common Prayer, to summon the whole people of God.
At Trinity, prayer has been the foundation of the life of the school and its transformation; the relationship with God an essential part of the three pillars (Relationships, Learning and Leadership) which support everything we do.
Trinity Liturgy of the Hours is an attempt to create a simple form of the Office which works within a busy working day and which some of our many visitors can join in with. It assumes that singing is the normative form for Christian worship.
The structure of the Roman Divine Office is used, although the text of the Inclusive language Grail psalter is used. At Mid-Day only Psalm 118 is used (over the course of the week), reflecting the older, pre-1910 reform, form of the Roman Office. Intercessions are used at Mid-Day which has a little more time. The reading at Mid-Day prayer is usually from a non-Scriptural source.
Trinity Liturgy of the Hours has been compiled with the belief that in liturgy repetition is key, so that familiarity – to the point of knowing words and music by heart – is preferable to novelty and variety. Whether this particular set of music and words will sustain worshippers in the long term, and how singable it will be by our visitors, remains to be seen. We would be glad to know if you use this material and what your experience is, or of other suggestions. Our hope is that this can contribute to the continuing recovery of the Liturgy of the Hours as the prayer of the whole people of God.
We have now (October 2015) been using this material for two years in one form or another. proper antiphons are added, sung to the psalm tone, after the common antiphons, together with the intercessions, Office hymns from Hymns for Prayer and Praise or the Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal it seems to work well.
It is a great joy to sustain the life of the school with our common prayer in this way, together with our daily Mass and half an hour of donation of the Blessed Sacrament exposed.
Father Richard Peers
The distribution of readings:
Morning: Gospel (or part of it) from the Mass of the day / Daily Eucharistic Lectionary;
Day-time: Non-Scriptural reading, for example from the monthly Magnificat publication
Evening: First Reading (or part of it) from the Mass of the day / Daily Eucharistic Lectionary
- If preferred, the four readings of the Common Worship Daily Prayer Office lectionary could be used at Morning and Evening Prayer or distributed one at each Office. The structure of the Office assumes that a Gospel reading is always used at Morning Prayer. After the reading of the Gospel the Alleluia refrain of the preceding psalm may be repeated before silence is kept.
- Scriptural readings are not announced and no response is made at the end.
- The whole Office could be sung responsorially with a cantor singing all psalm verses, or the congregation could alternate psalm verses in which case the refrains should be used only at the beginning and end of the psalms. A cantor sings the refrain before all repeat it at the beginning of each psalm or canticle.
- Candles, incense (sticks or grains on charcoal in a fixed container) are used at every Office.
- Any Office, especially when there are a number of visitors present may end:
“Let us offer one another a sign of peace, God’s seal on our prayers.”