Experiencing the Liturgy of the Hours

Activity Objective

To teach the children the meaning of the Liturgy of the Hours

Lesson Outcome

The children will learn how to create their own morning or evening prayer.


  • Bibles
  • Parish hymnals
  • Writing materials
  • Presentation by someone who prays the Liturgy of the Hours



  • Invite your pastor (or a person he recommends) to explain to the children how he or she prays morning or evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours and to show them the book(s) used for this prayer.
  • With his or her help, create your own morning or evening prayer (depending on the time of day when your group meets)

The basic format is as follows:

Opening song

One to three psalms (usually prayed by alternating sides of a group or in responsorial style)

Short Scripture reading

The Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) for morning prayer or The Canticle of Mary (Luke 1:46-55) for evening prayer

Four to five Prayers of Petition

The Lord's Prayer

Closing prayer or blessing

The group can then use their prayer service during the next session (or plan a special time to invite their parents to join them.)

Learning Styles

Body Smart, People Smart

Approximate Time

20 minutes


Before your guest speaker arrives, prepare with the children several questions that your group would like to ask, such as:

Why did you start praying the Liturgy of the Hours?

What do you like best about this form of prayer?

Do you ever pray this way with others, or do you pray it alone?