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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. A day in the House is structured around the canonical Hours. It 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 a retreat center and other apostolates. All guests are expected to schedule their activities so as to be able to join us in common prayer at the appointed Hours.

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

Community of St. John Home Page

Mark you calendars now! Upcoming retreats with the Community of St. John: Women’s Nov 13-15, 2015 Men’s retreat Feb 27-28, 2016 Updated flyers to follow but the basic pricing and scheduling posted on last years flyers will be the same. http://laredo.communityofstjohn.com/

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Each of the prayer “hours” not only brings the life of Christ into the day but is also relevant to the time of day and our living out of the liturgical year which celebrates his life… “Since the purpose of the Liturgy of the Hours includes the sanctification of the day and of the whole range of human activity, its structure has been revised in such a way that, as far as possible, each Hour might be celebrated once more at the proper time and account taken of the circumstances of life today.” GILOTH

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III. The Liturgy of the Hours The Consecration of Time 10. Christ has taught us the necessity of praying at all times without losing heart (Luke 18:1). The Church has been faithful in obeying this instruction; it never ceases to offer prayer, and makes this exhortation it’s own: “Through him (Jesus) let us offer to God an unceasing sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 15:15) The Church satisfies this requirement not only by the celebration of the Eucharist but in other ways also, especially through the Liturgy of the Hours, which is distinguished from other liturgical actions by the fact that in consecrates to God the whole cycle of the day and night, as it has done from early Christian times. GILOTH

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Prayer as Community Prayer: “The Church is a community, and it must express its nature as a community in its prayer as well as in other ways. Though prayer behind closed doors is always necessary … and is performed by members of the Church though Christ in the Holy Spirit, yet there is a special excellence in the prayer of the community. Christ himself has said: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst”.” General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours

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The Action of the Holy Spirit “The unity of the Church at prayer is brought about by the Holy Spirit, who is the same in Christ, in the whole Church, and in every baptized person.” General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours

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