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Praying the Liturgy of Hours Podcasts with Fr. Timothy Gallagher - Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts

Fr. Timothy Gallagher / Kris McGregor

Join Fr. Timothy Gallagher with host Kris McGregor as they discuss the many aspects of the Liturgy of the Hours. Exploring the method, psalms, theology, and liturgical significance of the Divine Office, Fr. Gallagher leads the listener into a practical understanding of this universal prayer of the Catholic Church.



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Episode 3 – The Theology of the Liturgy of the Hours – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher From “CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY “, Fr. Gallagher discusses: CHAPTER IV THE DIVINE OFFICE 83. Christ Jesus, high priest of the new and eternal covenant, taking human nature, introduced into this earthly exile that hymn which is sung throughout all ages in the halls of heaven. He joins the entire community of mankind to Himself, associating it with His own singing of...
Episode 7 – The Experience of the Liturgy of the Hours – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher Fr. Gallagher speaks of the Ignatian connection to the Liturgy of the Hours: Ignatius expects— and experience confirms— that all who love and seek the Lord will undergo times of spiritual desolation: times when they do not sense God’s closeness and when they feel discouraged, without energy for prayer or service to others. Such desolation, he tells us, is a common...
Episode 8 – A Prayer of Praise – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher Fr. Gallagher: THE INSTRUCTION TOLD ME that the Liturgy of the Hours is primarily a prayer of praise. As mentioned, this was new for me. I had seldom thought of praising God and did not understand why this was so important, even the central focus of the Hours. Praise, I thought, was a form of prayer privileged by some and associated with expressive gestures and gospel music. Charismatics praised...
Episode 1  – Introduction – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher From “Praying the Liturgy of the Hours,” Fr. Gallagher shares: When we consider the potential of the Liturgy of the Hours for spiritual growth, that significance deepens beyond measure. The Liturgy of the Hours is a part of life, an experience of prayer that merits our explicit attention and reflection. The Second Vatican Council taught with great emphasis that the Liturgy of the Hours is a prayer...
Episode 4 – The Prayer of the Domestic Church – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher From “GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS “, Fr. Gallagher discusses: Chapter I-IV. Participants in the Liturgy of the Hours 27….Finally, it is of great advantage for the family, the domestic sanctuary of the Church, not only to pray together to God but also to celebrate some parts of the liturgy of the hours as occasion offers, in order to enter more deeply into the...
Episode 6 – The Process of the Prayer – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher The Psalm passage Fr. Gallagher references in the podcast:  PSALMODY Ant. 1 Awake, lyre and harp, with praise let us awake the dawn. Psalm 57 Morning prayer in afflictionThis psalm tells of our Lord’s passion (St. Augustine). Have mercy on me, God, have mercy for in you my soul has taken refuge. In the shadow of your wings I take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by. I call to God...
Episode 5 – How do I Pray the Liturgy of the Hours? – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher From “Praying the Liturgy of the Hours “, Fr. Gallagher discusses: The renewed Liturgy of the Hours offers five daily times of prayer: Morning Prayer, to be said as the day begins; Daytime Prayer, to be said in late morning, midday, or midafternoon; Evening Prayer, to be said in the evening; Night Prayer, to be said just before retiring; and the Office of Readings, a longer...
Episode 2 – Praying the Psalms – Praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr. Timothy Gallagher From “Praying the Liturgy of the Hours,” Fr. Gallagher shares: My psalter is my joy. —Saint Augustine SINCE THE OLD TESTAMENT times when they were written, people of faith have loved the Psalms. Devout Jews turned to these one hundred fifty prayers in times of joy and sorrow, of peace and desperate need. Jesus knew, quoted, and prayed the Psalms; in him, the fullness of divine revelation, the...