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The Divine Office, along with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, is the prayer of the Church. This is the prayer of Christ the Head joined to His Members, which is His Mystical Body. The heart of that prayer is the Psalms. In these ancient prayers we join the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ worshipping God the Father. We offer worship, thanksgiving, praise, and reparation on behalf of the world to the Eternal Father, and in so doing render to God that worship which is His due, and which can only be perfected when joined to the prayer of Christ. To be able to participate in this prayer is an awesome privilege.

In his Rule, Saint Benedict refers to the Divine Office as the Work of God, the Opus Dei. Along with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Divine Office is the monks’ most important work. It is so highly regarded that Saint Benedict says, “Nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God” (43:3). In this divine Work we worship God and intercede for all souls living and deceased.

The Divine Office at Saint Louis Abbey occurs five times daily. The prayer marks the hours of the day, helping us take the first step towards obeying the Apostle's exhortation to "pray without ceasing" (1 Th 5:17). Please join us. If you arrive early, a monk can help you navigate the books.

Saint Louis Abbey sings Vespers in English Monday through Friday and in Latin on Saturday and Sunday.