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House of Prayer
The St. Thomas More House of Prayer is dedicated to the mission of praying and promoting the Liturgy of the Hours. Therefore, a day in the House is structured around the canonical “Hours” of prayer and all guests are expected to schedule their activities so as to be able to join us in common prayer at the appointed times.

The roots our apostolate began with one couple who opened their own home to other couples to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Since the eve of the Jubilee Year 2000, it has expanded to include a retreat center dedicated to communal praying the Liturgy of the Hours as well as assisting priests, parishes, laypersons, and families to pray and share the official prayer of the Church.

Contact us by email at: info@liturgyofthehours.org or by phone at: 814-676-1910 or by cell at: 814-758-1020.

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Chapter I-IV. Participants in the Liturgy of the Hours Celebration in Common 22. Hence, when the people are invited to the liturgy of the hours and come together in unity of heart and voice, they show forth the Church in its celebration of the mystery of Christ.

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Chapter I-IV. Participants in the Liturgy of the Hours Celebration in Common 21. Wherever possible, other groups of the faithful should celebrate the liturgy of the hours communally in church. This especially applies to parishes – the cells of the diocese, established under their pastors, taking the place of the bishop; they “represent in some degree the visible Church established throughout the world.”

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Chapter I-IV. Participants in the Liturgy of the Hours Celebration in Common 20. The liturgy of the hours, like other liturgical services, is not a private matter but belongs to the whole Body of the Church, whose life it both expresses and affects. [91] This liturgy stands out most strikingly as an ecclesial celebration when, through the bishop surrounded by his priests and ministers, [92] the local Church celebrates it. For “in the local Church the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church is truly present and at work.”

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Harmony of Mind and Voice (GILOTH) 19. Mind and voice must be in harmony in a celebration that is worthy, attentive, and devout, if this prayer is to be made their own by those taking part and to be a source of devotion, a means of gaining God’s manifold grace, a deepening of personal prayer, and an incentive to the work of the apostolate.

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18, In their turn the readings and prayers of the liturgy of the hours form a wellspring of the Christian life: the table of sacred Scripture and the writings of the saints nurture its life and prayers strengthen it.

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General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours 18.Thus by their lives the faithful show forth and reveal to others “the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. It is of the essence of the Church to be visible yet endowed with invisible resources, eager to act yet intent on contemplation, present in this world yet not at home in it.”

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General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours 18. Those then who take part in the liturgy of the hours bring growth to God’s people in a hidden but fruitful apostolate, for the work of the apostolate is directed to this end, “that all who are made children of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of this Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s Supper.”

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This year’s Men’s Retreat is with Fr. John James on February 27 and 28! As in previous years, this is a one night retreat with the option of adding Friday night. Theme: Divine Mercy and obtaining victory over the 7 deadly sins “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21)

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What’s so ordinary about Ordinary Time?

Happy Ordinary Time!

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