I swiped this list from “Coffee and Canticles” blogger Daria Sockey:
Top Ten Reasons to Pray the Divine Office
- You get daily Scripture reading and prayer done at the same time.
- It takes less than ten minutes each for morning, evening, and night prayer if you’re reading it by yourself rather than chanting it in a monastery.
- If you can’t get to daily Mass it’s the best substitute because just like the Mass the Divine Office is also the liturgy of the Church.
- By praying the Divine Office you are joining in the universal prayer of the Church being offered by your brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world.
- You will be praying the exact same prayers Pope Benedict prays every day.
- You will be participating in a tradition that is old as the Church itself. (In the book of Acts, the apostles went to the temple to pray at specific hours of the day.)
- If you pray the Office on a regular basis, you will find that you have memorized lots of the psalms and other scripture passages painlessly.
- Once you are accomplished at flipping about in a breviary, your fellow Catholic geeks will be impressed.
- You will acquire a cool vocabulary that includes words like breviary, vespers, Te Deum, compline, and antiphon.
- You will be praying “with the same words used by Jesus, present for millenia in the prayer of Israel and of the Church.” (Pope John Paul II)