The St. Thomas More House of Prayer is a Catholic retreat center, approved by the Diocese of Erie, with the mission of praying and promoting the Liturgy of the Hours.
Our goal at the Saint Thomas More House of Prayer is to provide a quiet atmosphere for prayer, in particular to pray and teach the public, communal prayer of the Catholic Church: the Liturgy of the Hours. To that end, the St. Thomas More House of Prayer is open to the public from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and can be booked by individuals or groups for retreats of any length.
Any individual or group in need of a quiet place to stay and willing to participate in praying the Liturgy of the Hours is most welcome.
Times for the Liturgy of the Hours:
Office of Readings 5:30am – 6:00am*
Morning Prayer 8:00am – 8:20am
Mid-Morning 10:00am – 10:10am*
Mid-Day Prayer 12:00pm – 12:10pm
Mid-Afternoon 3:00pm – 3:10pm*
Evening Prayer 5:30pm – 5:50pm
Night Prayer 8:00pm – 8:10pm
Please Note: On Sundays, only Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm and Night Prayer is at 8:00pm are offered. Sunday Mass is not available unless offered by a priest in your group.
Contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 814-676-1910 or by cell at: 814-758-1020.
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.
“So our eyes are on the Lord our God till he show us his mercy” (Ps 123) #LiturgyoftheHours #MiddayPrayer #BreviaryViews
“Come, let us worship Christ who crowned his mother as Queen of heaven and earth.” Invitatory Antiphon for the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary #LiturgyoftheHours #DivineOffice
“The collection of Psalms found in Scripture, composed as it was under divine inspiration has, from the very beginnings of the Church, shown a wonderful power of fostering devotion among Christians as they offer to God a continuous sacrifice of praise, the harvest of lips blessing his name. Following a custom already established in the Old Law, the psalms have played a conspicuous part in the sacred liturgy itself, and in the divine office. Thus was born what Basil calls “the voice of the Church,” that singing of psalms, which is the daughter of that hymn of praise which goes up unceasingly before the throne of God and of the lamb, and which teaches those especially charged with the duty of divine worship, as Athanasius says, “the way to praise God, and the fitting words in which to bless him.” Augustine expresses this well when he says: “God praised himself so that ma night give him fitting praise; because God chose to praise himself man found the way in which to bless God.” – Pope Saint Pius X #OfficeofReadings #LiturgyoftheHours
“O praise the Lord, all you nations, acclaim him, all you peoples! Strong is his love for us; he is faithful forever.” (Psalm 117) God our Father, may all nations and peoples praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and true and who lives with you eternally, possess our hearts forever. #MorningPrayer #LiturgyoftheHours
“The mystery of Christ… which we celebrate in the Eucharist especially at the Sunday assembly, permeates and transfigures the time of each day, through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 1174 #LiturgyoftheHours #DivineOffice
“It was necessary that she who had preserved her virginity inviolate in childbirth should also have her body kept free from all corruption after death. It was necessary that she who had carried the Creator as a child on her breast should dwell in the tabernacles of God. It was necessary that the bride espoused by the Father should make her home in the bridal chambers of heaven. It was necessary that she, who had gazed on her crucified Son and been pierced in the heart by the sword of sorrow… should contemplate him seated with the Father. It was necessary that the Mother of God should share the possessions of her Son, and be venerated by ever creature as the Mother and handmaid of God.” – St John Damascene (8th century) #OfficeofReadings #LiturgyoftheHours
℣. How lovely and beautiful are you, O Virgin Mary. You have left this world to be joined with Christ. ℟. Adorned with heavenly power you shine forth like the sun among the saints. (Responsory for the Solemnity of the Assumption) #OfficeofReadings #LiturgyoftheHours
“The mystery of Christ… which we celebrate in the Eucharist especially at the Sunday assembly, permeates and transfigures the time of each day, through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office. This celebration, faithful to the apostolic exhortations to pray constantly, is so devised that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praise of God.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1174 #LiturgyoftheHours #DivineOffice
“The Roman Church commends to us today the anniversary of the triumph of Saint Lawrence. For on this day he trod the furious pagan world underfoot and flung aside its allurements, and so gained victory over Satan’s attack on his faith. As you have often heard, Lawrence was a deacon of the Church at Rome. There he ministered the sacred blood of Christ; there for the sake of Christ’s name he poured out his own blood… Just as he had partaken of a gift of self at the table of the Lord, so he prepared to offer such a gift. In his life he loved Christ; in his death he followed in his footsteps.” From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop #OfficeofReadings #LiturgyoftheHours