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The Liturgy of the Hours: According to the Roman Rite (4 vols.)


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The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office or the Work of God (Opus Dei), is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer. The Hours are a meditative dialogue on the mystery of Christ, using scripture and prayer. At times the dialogue is between the Church or individual soul and God; at times it is a dialogue among the members of the Church; and at times it is even between the Church and the world. The Divine Office “is truly the voice of the Bride herself addressed to her Bridegroom. It is the very prayer which Christ himself together with his Body addresses to the Father.” (SC 84) The dialogue is always held, however, in the presence of God and using the words and wisdom of God. Each of the five canonical Hours includes selections from the Psalms that culminate in a scriptural proclamation. The two most important or hinge Hours are Morning and Evening Prayer. These each include a Gospel canticle: the Canticle of Zechariah from Luke 1:68-79 for Morning Prayer (known as the Benedictus), and the Canticle of Mary from Luke 1:46-55 for Evening Prayer (known as the Magnificat). The Gospel canticle acts as a kind of meditative extension of the scriptural proclamation in light of the Christ event. Morning and Evening Prayer also include intercessions that flow from the scriptural proclamation just as the Psalms prepare for it.

The four volumes are sold as a single resource and not as individual volumes.

Restricted for sale to the United States.

  • Title: The Liturgy of the Hours: According to the Roman Rite (4 vols.)
  • Publisher: International Commission on English in the Liturgy
  • Publication Date: 1975
  • Pages: 8212
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Liturgy
  • Topic: Liturgical Theology

In the Verbum edition, these volumes are enhanced with amazing functionality. Flipping back and forth between different sections of a printed volume are streamlined into a single, easy-to-use interface. This digital Liturgy of the Hours can also be used for serious study. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take on the go on your tablet and mobile apps. With Verbum Catholic Study Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.


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  1. Zachary



    I expected the Verbum Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH) to allow me to replace the need for carrying a hard copy and with powerful integration into the Verbum Ecosystem similar to how the Roman Daily Missal is integrated into the dashboard. In my mind it was going to be superior to the various apps containing the LOTH hours by virtue of available cross references and study tools on a platform that can be utilized across most major mobile and desktop ecosystems. The Verbum Edition of the Liturgy of the Hours failed to meet my expectations. A lot of my confusion centers around the current product description that reads “Flipping back and forth between different sections of a printed volume are streamlined into a single, easy-to-use interface.” I like others thought this meant the readings and hours would be automatically rendered into a readable format without the need for flipping, clicking, or tabbing between the various sections of the books. Currently this is not the case. The only streamlined interface you have to use is Verbum itself. You can display the table of contents and flip between sections but if I am going to have to do that I would rather just have a book with ribbons. Its disenchanting on the desktop version and not remotely worth the effort if you have hoped to use it on a mobile device to pray the hours.

As it stands the Verbum Edition of the LOTHs might only be useful to you if you want to do a detailed study of a particular area or passage. If you got this version of the the LOTH in a package you might find it interesting to have. If you are contemplating buying the standalone you will need to seriously consider and manage your expectations. If Verbum updates this resource to create a streamlined experience where you can select which hour you want to read with a click and that be it I would drastically change my rating and review.

  2. David Wanat

    David Wanat


    Unacceptable as released. It doesn’t easily flow and the Bible readings are links, not the text. You’re better off using an app or the actual books.

  3. Michael Elenz

    Michael Elenz


    I don’t mind physically moving back and forth to get to the correct texts, but in volume III the links to the canticles are missing. Then I must exit Verbum and go to a different LOTH app. That should be corrected.

  4. Fr. Jonathan Dellinger
    I was looking forward to utilizing the LOTH but it is extremely difficult to navigate. I'm sure it has potential but as it stands, its usage is very limited. Unlike the book which has ribbons to easily navigate back and forth this program has no means to do that so one must go in search of the propers via the content index (even this is a bear to navigate). iBreviary app could help Verbum properly understand how to make navigation more simple for the prayers of the day. I would only recommend this LOTH for research but not daily prayers.

  5. Joseph Valentine
    I too hope frantically that this product will be improved. I'm familiar with how to work through the LoH using print versions, and I find this Verbum product extremely difficult to use. I too expected that Verbum would do the "grunt work" in moving from the "proper of seasons" to "4-week psalter" to common prayers, not to mention the special days when there are memorials, etc. This product has so much unused potential and value that I would be prepared to volunteer to identify and implement the linking work required to make this a useful product.

  6. Thom



    While it is nice to have the Liturgy of Hours in an electronic format, I agree with the other reviews that it is a disappointment and not what was advertised. From the description I thought it would be similar to the Missal using metadata to select the prayers/reading for the day. Had I known this was going to be simply an electronic book, I would not have purchased it. In the ten plus years I have used Logos, this is the first time I am disappointed in Logos delivery. I hope they work to fix this.

  7. David J. Ring, Jr.
    Verbum promised us: "Flipping back and forth between different sections of a printed volume are streamlined into a single, easy-to-use interface." It's NOT true at all! You need a Daily Guide for the four volume Liturgy Of The Hours (LOTH) which isn't supplied. I haven't been able to pray with this book. I wish Verbu m would have delivered what they advertised. Very disappointing.

  8. Rev. Paul L. Vasquez
    So, the full version of the product is now available. As of this writing, there is no meta document like Daily Catholic Readings (Lectionary) that compiles everything together in one convenient place organized by date. I’m reviewing the iOS version here and it doesn’t appear that any feature does that work either. You can get by with multiple windows of LotH open to work like ribbons. What this version has that the others don’t? 1) Full Daytime Prayer prayer texts. It doesn’t, however, have the official current scripture translation (except for the psalms & canticles). The best it can do is link to the NABre, which is being used for the upcoming 2nd edition of the LotH, but isn’t allowed in the first edition (it *is* used at Mass though). 2) full access to the Commons, all day every day. 3) Proper hagiographical readings for the Saints and their other proper texts except correct orations (see below), even the optional memorials. 4) the cool goodies in the Appendices (Poetry anyone?) 5) access to the Praenotanda of the first volume anytime (of interest really only to us happy rubricists) 6) as with all Logos/Verbum products, access to original scripture texts via your library if you have them. Who cares about translations if you can get originals? If your Hebrew and/or Greek skills are up there you could entirely licitly pray the psalms & canticles in their original forms, supplementing Latin orations from the Logos/Verbum edition of the current Missale Romanum. In this way, if you supplement the English translation of the opening & closing rites, antiphons, responses, Gospel canticles, and Intercessions, you could pray the LotH correctly. What this version is missing, besides the aforementioned compilation document & official scripture texts: 1) many of the hymn texts (copyright issues) 2) functional table of contents. Only if you are already thoroughly familiar with the book editions will you be able to navigate and guess where items you need actually are, especially in the Proper of Seasons as we are now in the tail end of Easter. Even with this knowledge, you won’t always be able to figure it out the first time correctly. 4) the correct orations. This edition often just links to the Missal version (usually the Collect), but the current Missal is a revised translation, not the original ICEL orations that are still current for the LotH. Yes, the old ICEL texts are awful. Don’t get me started. As it stands, this edition is at best a supplement to others. You can’t pray the canonical hours required of a priest or religious in U.S. English-speaking territories in a fully licit manner using this.

  9. Chris K

    Chris K


    The Latin version is available fore prepub here:

  10. Daniel Riecker
    As a lay person I upgraded to Verbum 9 in large part because it advertised that "The Verbum software aligns the prayers of each day in a single, easy-to-use interface. No ribbons or flipping back and forth between various sections of the book." This is very far from the case. The Hours are as cumbersome. complicated, and confusing as ever. Free apps on my phone are far superior.


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