What is the Liturgy of the Hours?
The Liturgy of the Hours is the public and communal prayer of the Catholic Church. This prayer traces its beginnings to the earliest days of the Church when Christians "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers (Acts 2:42)."
Every time we gather to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, we offer the divine praises contained in the Psalms, proclaim the word of God in Sacred Scripture, and pray for the salvation of the world. It is the prayer in which "all Christian prayer finds its source and goal (CCC, 1073)."
Why Pray the Liturgy of the Hours?
It deepens your relationship with Jesus Christ
It binds you to the faithful of every time and place
It sanctifies the day through the sacrifice of praise
Who We Are
Saint Thomas More House of Prayer is a Catholic retreat center in Cranberry, Pennsylvania (Diocese of Erie) that exists to pray and promote the Liturgy of the Hours, the public and communal prayer of the Church.
Because we believe this prayer has the power to effect transformation in the hearts of men, we want to share it with as many as possible.
Whether you are browsing our website, visiting us for daily prayer, or staying with us on retreat, we vow to help you discover the prayer that will change your life!
What We Do
It is quite simple. We pray and promote the Liturgy of the Hours.
We accomplish this through praying the Hours daily (see our schedule here), hosting individual and group retreats, and offering workshops that equip people to pray and promote the Liturgy of the Hours in their own lives.
We are committed to this labor because we believe, along with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours is indispensable for the Church to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ and live a life of ceaseless praise and adoration on earth.
So come and discover the prayer that joins our praises to Christ and all His Heavenly Host! Come and experience the power of praying the Liturgy of the Hours!
The Church tells us that praying the Liturgy of the Hours is "of great advantage for the family, the domestic sanctuary of the Church." If you haven't prayed the Church's prayer as a family, Night Prayer is a great place to start.
In a Small Group
Invite a small group of friends to your home to pray Evening Prayer on Sundays. Click here to purchase our Sunday Vespers Prayerbook at a discounted price
At your Parish
Ask your priest to begin offering Evening Prayer once a month on Sundays with a small reception to follow. Advertise in bulletin, give announcements, and extend personal invitations to parishioners.