The Canonical Hours
Illustrations: Tres Riches du Duc de Berry
The Rubrics of the Little Office
The Sabbatine Privilege
The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin is here provided in the ordinary form which begins with Matins the day after the Purification until Advent and conforms with the revisions of Pope St. Pius X in 1910. For anyone not familiar with this devotion, following a printed copy of this work can prove a daunting task, especially when trying to discern between seasonal texts. In order to eliminate any confusion, we have only included the specific Antiphons, Little Chapters, Anthems etc. for Ordinary cycle, presenting them in an easy to follow format intended primarily for private devotion. Additional clarification is also provided throughout the hours with special notes "Following the Rubrics."
The faithful who find it difficult to pray at the appointed canonical hours should not be discouraged from practicing this devotion to Our Lady. While it is true that the Church designates specific times of day for the public recitation of each of the Hours of the Little Office, the faithful who participate privately will still derive great spiritual benefits (see the Sabbatine Privilege) . One should, however make every effort to say at least the morning hours in the morning and the evening hours at night.
Prayer Before the Office
O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith Thou Thyself, while on earth, didst offer praises unto God, I offer these Hours unto Thee.
(Matins with Lauds is only one Canonical Hour)
Prayer After the Office
which bore the Son of the everlasting Father.
R. And blessed are the breasts
which nourished Christ our Lord.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.