What is the Divine Office?

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When reading Catholic newspapers I have seen references to the "Divine Office." I am confused about what this means.


The Divine Office arises from the command of Jesus to "pray always." Priests and religious are required to follow this by reading (and meditating on) each day certain psalms, hymns, prayers, and biblical passages. This practice goes back to the times of the apostles. It assures there is an unceasing chorus of prayer from the Church to God.

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