I apologize for missing two days of updates. My wife and I have been very tired as of late, so when my day is done I usually go straight to bed. Anyway, we continue on where we left off, explaining how the prayers of the Hours should be practiced.
- We have already established the order for psalmody at Vigils and Lauds. Now let us arrange the remaining hours.
- Three psalms are to be said at Prime, each followed by "Glory be to the Father."
- The hymn for this hour is sung after the opening versicle, God, come to my assistance (Ps 69 :2), before the psalmody begins.
- One reading follows the three psalms, and the hour is concluded with a versicle, "Lord, have mercy" and the dismissal.
- Prayer is celebrated in the same way at Terce, Sext and None: that is, the opening verse, the hymn appropriate to each hour, three psalms, a reading with a versicle, "Lord, have mercy" and the dismissal.
- If the community is rather large, refrains are used with the psalms if it is smaller, the psalms are said without refrain.
- At Vespers the number of psalms should be limited to four, with refrain.
- After these psalms there follow: a reading and a responsory, and Ambrosian hymn, a versicle, the Gospel Canticle, the litany, and immediately before the dismissal, the Lord's prayer.
- Compline is limited to three psalms without refrain.
- After the psalmody comes the hymn for this hour, followed by a reading, a versicle, "Lord, have mercy," a blessing and the dismissal.
Again, as I have mentioned before, there are reasons for these instructions. Remember in some of my previous posts I explained that there were a difference in rites being used, having a set of instructions (or like, you know, a rule) made things uniform for all of the brethren.