Catholic Church in Whangarei
At St Francis Xavier Parish we are praying the Liturgy of the Hours – Vespers (Evening Prayers) during Advent in preparation for the Christmas season.
While it is the practise for the clergy and most religious orders to pray the Liturgy of the Hours daily, it is in fact all the peoples’ prayer. In the early church, the faithful gathered with their priest twice daily to pray the psalms – Liturgy of the Hours. Both the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council warmly encourage all to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office as it is also known. This is an official, public prayer of the Church, a liturgy.
We will pray The Liturgy of the Hours twice every week during Advent except the 4th week. It will be prayed 3 times that week.
Please come and pray The Liturgy of the Hours with your fellow parishioners at our church.
Vespers – Evening Prayer – Dates & Timing
Week 1 Monday 28 November 6 – 6.30pm
Week 1 Wednesday 30 November 6 – 6.30pm
eek 2 Monday 5 December 6 – 6.30pm
Week 2 Wednesday 7 December 6 – 6.30pm
Week 3 Monday 12 December 6 – 6.30pm
Week 3 Wednesday 14 December 6 – 6.30pm
Week 4 Monday 19 December 6 – 6.30pm
Week 4 Wednesday 21 December 6 – 6.30pm
Week 4 Thursday 22 December 6 – 6.30pm