The Jews, Greeks, and Romans divided the hours between sunrise and sunset into 12 parts, and the Jews devoted certain of those intervals to prayer.
These Old Testament time divisions developed into the Church’s “canonical hours” or “offices” at which prayers [psalms, canticles, antiphons, scripture, etc.], and are known, together with the Holy Mass, as “The Divine Office” [Officium Divinum] or “The Liturgy of the Hours”: namely, Lauds, [Morning Prayer] Prime, Tierce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Complin [or Night Prayer].
These prayers of the Divine Office are most often said by religious and clergy [in fact, they are obligated], but because they are liturgical in nature, i.e., they are “the work of the people,” they should be offered publicly [especially Lauds and Vespers].
Come join the Youngstown Ursulines, every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to pray with us what is traditionally known in the Church as “Vespers.” Prayer lasts for about ½ hour and uses psalms, Scripture, intercessions, music and quiet reflection time.
Everyone is welcome, so come join us in prayer at the end of your day on Wednesday whenever you can.