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: email@example.com or by phone at: 814-676-1910 or by cell at: 814-758-1020.
Save the dates for spring guided retreats with priests from the Community of St. John! Fr. John-Luke will do a March 31-Apr 2 Men and Women retreat and Fr Hugh Mary will do a May 5-7 Women’s retreat.
It is strongly recommended that the religious of either sex, not bound to a common celebration, as well as members of any institute of perfection should gather, by themselves or with the faithful, to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours or part of it.”
General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours Ch4, P25 Sacred ministers, and all clerics (not otherwise bound to a common celebration) living in community or assembling together, should arrange to say at least some part of the Liturgy of the Hours in common, particularly Morning and Evening prayer.
GILOTH Ch4, P24 They are a fuller sign of the Church as it continuously praises God with on voice, and the fulfill the duty of “working” above all by prayer, “to build up and increase the whole mystical Body of Christ, and for the good of the local Churches.”
General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours Ch4, P24 “Communities of canons, monks, nuns and other religious which celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours by rule..represent in a special way the Church at prayer.
General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours Ch 4, P 23b They (those in Holy orders) should teach the faithful how to make the celebration a sincere prayer; they should therefore give them suitable guidance in the Christian understanding of the Psalms, so that they may be led by degrees to a greater appreciation and more frequent use of the prayer of the Church.”
General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours Ch 4, P 23 Those in holy orders…have the responsibility of initiating and directing the prayer of the community; “they must work hard to ensure that all entrusted to their care may be united in prayer.” They must therefore see to it that the faithful are invited – and prepared by suitable instruction – to celebrate the principal Hours in common, especially on Sundays and feast days.” To support our priests in this responsibility, the St. Thomas More House of Prayer offers boxes of Sunday Vespers books free of charge for parish use. http://liturgyofthehours.org/product/promotion-for-evening-prayer-books/
Still time to sign up for the Men’s retreat: The Wounded Heart of Christ, Fount of all Mercy. http://liturgyofthehours.org/wp-content/uploads/MensRetreat2016.pdf