In order to build up the domestic church in the family, Notre Dame Catholic Parish has created a program for family prayer in the home. Church at Home has a heart and two lungs: keeping the Lord’s day holy through the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours and through scriptural prayer in the form of Lectio Divina.
The Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, is comprised of the psalms – words that Jesus himself prayed – and other scripture passages. The Church sets forth this form of prayer for all the faithful to pray, even referring to it as the “sacred” Liturgy of the Hours, a designation reserved to this form of prayer and the sacraments only. By praying the Liturgy of the Hours, especially in the family and home, we enter into the prayer of the Church and Christ, sanctify the day, and reflect on Scripture.
You can download PDFs of Notre Dame Catholic Parish’s approved adaptation of the Liturgy of the Hours by clicking the links in the blue box to the right. There are booklets for the Advent & Christmas, Lent & Easter, and Ordinary Time seasons.
To follow along digitally, download the eBook. To print your own hard copy, like the ones that were mailed to parishioners, download the Printer Friendly version; print double-sided, flipping on the short edge. The parish office has a limited supply of extra physical booklets that you can request to receive by calling Andre Escaleira, Ministry and Digital Evangelization Assistant, at (303) 742-2342.
Lectio Divina, an ancient practice of the Church, is a method of praying with the Scriptures. One who prays in this way reads, reflects upon, and engages a Scripture reading through prayer, questioning, and discussion. By praying Lectio Divina, one strengthens one’s faith through their encounter with the Lord in Scripture.
The clergy of Notre Dame Catholic Parish have prepared guided Lectio Divina videos, which will be shared on the parish YouTube and Facebook pages. You can pray along with the clergy by watching the video, pausing for reflection time, and continuing when ready. There are also guiding prompts in the videos themselves.