At what time should the little hours be said?
Where should the office be recited?
What kind of verbal pronunciation should be attended to?
May the recitation be interrupted?
May Matins be separated from Lauds without cause?
Is intention required in reading the hours?
Is attention required? external? internal? superficial attention,
Opinions of theologians on necessary attention.
Distractions, voluntary and involuntary.
Does a person reciting the hours sin, if he have distractions?
Causes excusing from reading the hours.
Scruples and the direction of the scrupulous.
1. The words read. 2. To whom we speak. 3. We pray in the name of the church. 4. Our associates on earth. 5. The purpose of our prayer. 6. It gives glory to God and draws down his blessings. 7. It brings help to those who recite it fervently.
A. Before Recitation.
1. Purify conscience. 2. Mortification of passions. 3. Guarding the senses. 4. Knowledge of the work that is to be done.
B. The immediate preparation for the recitation.
1. Reading the Ordo Recitandi officium.
2. To recollect ourselves.
3. To invoke God’s aid.
4. To unite ourselves with Christ.
5. (a) Christ our model in prayer.
(b) Our prayers to be offered through him.
(c) Church wishes this and practices it ever.
(d) Lives of saints show how they united with Christ in prayer.
(e) Remembrance of the sublime work we engage in.
(f) To propose general, special and particular intentions.
(a) Suitable place. (b) Respectful and devout attitude. (c) Slow, deliberate pronunciation. (d) Distractions. (e) To apply the mind to what is read. (f) To read without critical judgments. (g) To think of Christ’s Passion. (h) To think of the presence of God and of our Angel Guardian.
ART. IV. AFTER SAYING THE OFFICE.
1. Thanks to God. 2. Ask his pardon for faults. 3. Say the Sacro-sanctae. 4. The Sacro-sanctae.
The canonical hours.