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The Jewish Roots of the Liturgy of the Hours


• What is the "Liturgy of the Hours"?
• What Jewish prayers correspond to these prayers?
• What were Jews praying for when Jesus was crucified?

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• What is the "Liturgy of the Hours"?
• What Jewish prayers correspond to these prayers?
• What were Jews praying for when Jesus was crucified?

  • 59 min. (1 CD / MP3)

    According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the “Liturgy of the Hours”—also known as the “Divine Office” or the “Breviary”—is “the public prayer of the Church” (CCC 1174). In recent years, this prayer has grown in popularity amongst Catholics of all stripes, clergy, religious, and laity. Yet what are the biblical roots of the Liturgy of the Hours? Why does the Catholic Church require its priests to pray it multiple times throughout the day? And why does it consist of so many selections from the Book of Psalms? How can we come to understand this prayer better?

    In this extraordinary new lecture, Dr. Pitre uses his knowledge of the Old Testament liturgy at the time of Jesus to shed fresh light on the Jewish roots of this most Catholic of prayers. In this new series, you will learn:


    • The Jewish custom of praying Morning, Midday, and Evening Prayers
    • Why these ancient Jewish Prayers were tied to the “Perpetual Sacrifice” in the Temple
    • The New Testament evidence that the Apostles prayed at set hours during the day
    • The Psalms that were sung daily by the Levites in the Temple
    • How the book of Psalms was Jesus’ primary ‘Prayer Book’, even in his dying breath
    • The mysterious convergence between Jewish Morning and Evening Prayer and the Passion and Death of Christ
    • What the Jews in the Temple were praying for when Jesus died on the Cross


    Once you understand the biblical roots of this prayer, you will never see the Liturgy of the Hours the same again. Far from being a repetitious duty imposed by the Church on her clergy, the Liturgy of the Hours is nothing less than a participation in and extension of the way Jesus himself prayed in his humanity and the way he wishes his Bride to pray with him now, throughout the world, “without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17).

    If you’ve ever wanted to understand the Liturgy of the Hours better, or if you have a priest, deacon, or religious person in your life that you would like to encourage in their prayer life, then this is the Bible study for you.

     

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The Jewish Roots of the LIturgy of the Hours

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Richard Wise
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When we were taught how to pray the Divine Office we were taught how. The only reason why was to avoid mortal sin. In the 1960’s and70’s all became optional. So where did that lead us. Our Spiritual Director got married and became a stock clerk.
Thank God for Brant Pitre, and others who are giving us the true WHY.

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Gabriel T.

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Brenton Ertel
Pray Constantly

Again a fine overview by Dr. Pitre related to the Christianity's debt to ancient Judaism. I cannot understand the emergence of the Church a part from ancient Judaism.

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Sara J
Tradition and the Word perfectly knit together

This was the second talk I've ever heard from Dr. Pitre. The LOH was a bit of mystery for me, why so many prayers a day?, where is that in the bible?, what does it have to do with Jesus?......can you tell I'm a protestant convert?
This talk greatly helped me see prayer in a way I never have before. Not just the LOH itself, but how Jesus prayed, lived, and died. How he fulfilled prayer, even my prayer! As I learned about the jewish roots of this beautiful way of praying I saw the OT and NT fit perfectly together like never before. The two testaments literally knit together so beautifully, all in Jesus Christ. He is the most beautiful person, place, thing, and event that ever was, is now, and will be. Please listen to this presentation and learn about this ancient prayer. Pray like Jesus did, pray as he is. This is truly life changing!

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Introduction to Sprirtual Life

Order and check out was fast and easy. It arrived quickly and I hope to dive deeper into the contents of the book by Dr. Pitre.

Keep it simple

Dr Pitre speaks in understandable terms. I heard his class cd’s then book. It’s great for information about growth in the spiritual life and perfect for reference as well as short readings for meditation

Must read!

I am about half way through and am loving this book. Really points out the importance of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. References Jewish roots and where Jesus reaffirms it. How to apply it. Already changing my way of thinking and making me realize how important it all is, and made me realize where I am lacking and need to do more. And, of course, Brant Pitre always writes/speaks in such an easy to read and understand way, love all his books, CDs and DVDs.

How is 25 hours too short?

This is an amazing series. My initial reactions:

1) 25 hours.?!? Woah...
2) $95 for just downloads..? Seems a bit steep.

Thoughts now:
1) That flew buy
2) Totally worth it!

Once you consider you're getting a college level course and once you experience the quality of the instruction, you will recognize the value of this.

It's amazing to me that this has gone so quickly and I'm still desiring so much more. Definitely going to look into Dr. Pitre's other classes.

Wets the appetite

This talk was excellent and makes me want to dive even deeper into his longer class on the same subject. Would definitely recommend it to someone who's thinking about buying his class and wants to get a feel for what that might be like. Will open your eyes to what we do at Mass.