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Friday, December 26, 2008

How to Pray "The Office of the Passion" by St. Francis of Assisi

Merry Christmas!

"The Office of the Passion" is a devotional office written by St. Francis of Assisi. (Note: It was not intended to replace the Liturgy of the Hours, which is the official prayer of the church.) I found a straightforward guide on how to pray the office in "Studying the Life of Francis of Assisi: A Beginner's Workbook" by William R. Hugo, OFM Cap. The various parts of the office are in "Francis and Clare: The Complete Works" (Armstrong and Brady), but without Hugo's guide, I never would have figured out how to put them all together. And, I would have overlooked a real treasure. From time to time, especially during the Christmas Season, I like to pray the office.

Referencing pages and text found in "Francis and Clare: The Complete Works," you would pray the office in this order.
  • The Prayer Inspired by the Our Father, p. 104
  • The Praises to be Said at All the Hours, p. 101
  • Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary, p. 82
  • Psalm (see table below)
  • Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary, p. 82
  • Closing prayer: Let us bless the Lord…., p. 83
Alternatively, here are the pages and text found in "Francis of Assisi: Early Document, Vol. I, The Saint" (Armstrong, Hellmann, and Short).
  • The Prayer Inspired by the Our Father, p. 158
  • The Praises to be Said at All the Hours, p. 161
  • Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary, p. 141
  • Psalm (see table below)
  • Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary, p. 141
  • Closing prayer: Let us bless the Lord…., p. 141
In "Francis and Clare: The Complete Works" you will find the psalms composed by St. Francis on pages 81 to 98. In "Francis of Assisi: Early Document, Vol. I, The Saint" you will find his psalms on pages 140 to 157. The times are from St. Francis' era.

Psalms composed by St. FrancisPart I: Triduum and Weekdays During the YearPart II: Easter SeasonPart III: Sundays and Principle FeastsPart IV: AdventPart V: Christmas Season
Compline (bedtime)1881315
Matins (midnight)2991415
Prime (sunrise)333315
Terce (9:00 a.m.)49101015
Sext (noon)59111115
None (3:00 p.m.)69121215
Vespers (sunset)777715

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