The Liturgy of the Hours

. . . is the topic of my latest Trade Tripper column in this Friday-Saturday issue of BusinessWorld. Excerpts:

"One thing that immediately becomes obvious when praying the Liturgy of the Hours is that each of the 'Hours' has its own 'personality.' The morning prayers tend to have a bright, cheerful tone, the daytime prayers are more contemplative and focusing on trust in the Lord, and the evening prayers, as we’ve seen from above, a bit reflective of what has gone in the day and leads to a reminder of our need to surrender ourselves to His care.

In addition to the daily rhythm provided in its four-week Psalter, the Liturgy of the Hours, like the Mass, changes according to the seasons contained in the liturgical year and the calendar of the Saints. As I said, it’s complicated. But definitely never boring."