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Breviary Hymns

Liturgy of the Hours - The Divine Office - The Prayer of the Church - The Breviary

Many names are used in common for this traditional prayer of the Catholic Church, but it all comes down to sanctifying the hours of every day whether in community prayer or individual prayer. The Holy Hours unite clergy, religious and lay people all around the world.  

Hymns of the Breviary

Many of the hymns used in praying the Divine Office are also used in the Sacred Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  You can see from the various indexes of the hymns many familiar songs and perhaps many unfamiliar hymns.  Read more...

How to Pray the Breviary

Start small and add the prayers for which you have time. Try to pray at least the morning prayers and the evening prayers. Later, perhaps you can add the Office of Readings and or the Night Prayer. If you have a quiet time during the midday, then perhaps add the midday prayers. Here is a link iBreviary and informaton about their smartphone app.

Listen and Learn

Alphabetical List of Breviary Hymns with Link to History and Video

This link will list all the hymns in alphabetical order. Click on the name of the hymn and find out more about that particular hymn. Look for the YouTube  video link for each song following brief history and description of the piece.   Listen & Enjoy it. (NOTE:  You need to use Google Chrome and YouTube to be able to listen to the song otherwise the link might not connect you directly to the proper video. Maybe some day we will have time to set up our own direct links but for now, I hope this works for you like it does for me.) 
It is a great way to learn our sacred music tradition.  You can also switch to the Thematic List to see how the hymns fit into the liturgical year of seasons and feasts.  Read more and see complete list...

Pray the Breviary with link below 

 

 

 

Index to the Breviary Hymns with links to YouTube music videos

I express my deep appreciation to Kevin P. Shaw from the Diocese of Calgary who provides an extensive study of the Roman Catholic Breviary with links to history and music videos on his blog, Breviary Hymns.  Here is a partial account of his list.

OFFICE OF READINGS (Matins)

186. God of Truth Prepare Our Minds
187. Lord, Your Word Abiding
188. God, Whose Almighty Word
189. Eternal Father, Through Your Word
190. In Ancient Times God Spoke to Man
191. Lord Jesus, Once You Spoke to Men


MORNING PRAYER (Lauds)
1. On This Day, the First of Days
2. Brightness of the Father's Glory
3. Sion, Sing
4. Morning Has Broken
5. Darkness Has Faded
6. When Morning Fills the Sky
7. Lord Whose Love in Humble Service
8. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
9. Sing with All the Sons of Glory
10. I Sing the Mighty Power of God
11. All You Nations
12. This Day God Gives Me
13. God Father, Praise and Glory
14. All Creatures of Our God and King
15. O God of Light
16. We Turn to You, O God
17. Christ is the World's Light
18. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
19. From All That Dwell Below the Skies (with Alleluias)
20. From All That Dwell Below the Skies
82. Sing Praise to Our Creator
91. With Hearts Renewed
131. All Hail, Adored Trinity
132. Holy, Holy, Holy
151. Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him


MID-MORNING PRAYER (Terce)

18. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
19. From All That Dwell Below the Skies (with Alleluias)
20. From All That Dwell Below the Skies
21. Father, Lord of Earth and Heaven
22. Holy Spirit, Come Confirm Us
23. Come, Holy Ghost, Who Ever One
127. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, Come
128. The Spirit of God
129. Holy Spirit, God of Light
130. Splendor of Creation (Send Forth Your Spirit)


MIDDAY PRAYER (Sext)
24. Help Us, O Lord
25. Lord of All Hopefullness
26. Lord of All Being, Throned Afar
27. Almighty Ruler, God of Truth

MID-AFTERNOON PRAYER (None)
13. God Father, Praise and Glory
28. Firmly I Believe and Truly
29. Lord God and Maker of All Things
30. Most Ancient of All Mysteries
31. Faith of Our Fathers
82. Sing Praise to Our Creator
131. All Hail, Adored Trinity
133. Come Thou Almighty King


EVENING PRAYER (Vespers)
32. Now We Thank We All Our God
33. O Christ, You Are the Light and Day
34. Lord Jesus Christ, Abide With Us
35. The Setting Sun
36. O Father, Whose Creating Hand
37. For the Fruits of His Creation
38. When in His Own Image
39. At the Name of Jesus
40. Love Divine All Loves Excelling
41. Now Fades All Earthly Splendor
42. Day is Done
43. O Worship the King
44. Romans VIII (For Those Who Love God)
45. Let All Things Now Living
46. Father, We Thank Thee
47. We Plough the Fields and Scatter
182. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
184. O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine


NIGHT PRAYER (Compline)

33. O Christ, You Are the Light and Day
34. Lord Jesus Christ, Abide With Us
42. Day is Done
48. We Praise You, Father, for Your Gifts
49. Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
50. This World, My God
51. Now at Daylight's Ending
52. All Praises to You, O God, This Night
53. The Master Came
99. When from the Darkness
184. O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine

---------- PROPER OF SEASONS ----------

ADVENT
54. On Jordan's Bank
55. Maranatha
56. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
57. Be Consoled, My People
58. Hear the Herald Voice Resounding
59. The King of Glory
60. Wake, Awake, the Night is Dying
61. Creator of the Stars at Night
62. You Heavens, Open From Above
63. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
64. The Coming of Our God
65. Behold a Virgin Bearing Him
66. Song of Salvation Drawing Near
67. Behold a Rose of Judah

CHRISTMAS
68. A Child is Born
69. From Heaven High
70. Go Tell It on the Mountain
71. O Come, All Ye Faithful
72. Songs of Praise the Angels Sang
73. Virgin-Born, We Bow Before You
74. What Child is This
75. A Child is Born in Bethlehem
76. Unto Us a Child is Given

HOLY FAMILY
73. Virgin-Born, We Bow Before You
77. Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly
78. Joseph of Nazareth

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
73. Virgin-Born, We Bow Before You
79. Joy to You
80. O Mary, of All Women

EPIPHANY
3. Sion, Sing
11. All You Nations
81. As with Gladness Men of Old
84. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

BAPTISM OF THE LORD
82. Sing Praise to Our Creator
83. When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized
84. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

LENT
53. The Master Came
85. Now Let Us All with One Accord
86. Creator of the Earth and Skies
87. Lord, Your Glory in Christ We Have Seen
88. Praise to the Holiest
89. The Glory of These Forty Days
90. Grant to Us
91. With Hearts Renewed
92. Take Up Your Cross
93. For Forty Years
94. Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days
95. This is Our Accepted Time
96. Draw Near, O Lord
97. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
98. Keep in Mind
99. When from the Darkness
100. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY
59. The King of Glory
87. Lord, Your Glory in Christ We Have Seen
101. Crown Him With Many Crowns
102. Hail, Redeemer, King Divine
103. All Glory, Praise, and Honor
104. O Sacred Head, Surrounded

HOLY WEEK
87. Lord, Your Glory in Christ We Have Seen
92. Take Up Your Cross
97. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
104. O Sacred Head, Surrounded
105. Were You There
106. This I Ask (John 15)
107. Have Mercy, O Lord
108. I Shall Praise the Savior's Glory
109. The Word of God Proceeding Forth
110. My Loving Savior
111. Christ, Victim for the Sins of Men

EASTER
14. All Creatures of Our God and King
98. Keep in Mind
112. Alleluia, The Strife is O'er
113. In the Midst of Death (We Who Were Once Dead)
114. I Am the Bread of Life
115. Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands
116. At the Lamb's High Feast
117. The Day of Resurrection
118. Jesus Christ is Ris'n Today
119. Ye Sons and Daughters
120. Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Wesley)
121. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
122. Hail Thee, Festival Day
123. Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Leeson)

ASCENSION
122. Hail Thee, Festival Day
124. Let the Earth Rejoice and Sing
125. Praise Him As He Mounts the Skies
126. The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

PENTECOST

18. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
21. Father, Lord of Earth and Heaven
22. Holy Spirit, Come Confirm Us
23. Come, Holy Ghost, Who Ever One
122. Hail Thee, Festival Day
127. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, Come
128. The Spirit of God
129. Holy Spirit, God of Light
130. Splendor of Creation (Send Forth Your Spirit)

TRINITY SUNDAY
1. On This Day, the First of Days
13. God Father, Praise and Glory
82. Sing Praise to Our Creator
131. All Hail, Adored Trinity
132. Holy, Holy, Holy
133. Come Thou Almighty King

CORPUS CHRISTI
46. Father, We Thank Thee
108. I Shall Praise the Savior's Glory
113. In the Midst of Death (We Who Were Once Dead)
114. I Am the Bread of Life
121. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
134. Lord Who at Your First Eucharist Did Pray
135. God with Hidden Majesty

SACRED HEART
40. Love Divine All Loves Excelling
136. O Christ, Redeemer of Mankind
137. Heart of Christ
138. To Christ, the Prince of Peace
139. Come to Me
140. Shepherd of Souls, in Love Come, Feed Us

CHRIST THE KING

101. Crown Him With Many Crowns
102. Hail, Redeemer, King Divine
141. To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King

---------- PROPER OF SAINTS ----------

ANDREW, APOSTLE (NOVEMBER 30)
142. Great Saint Andrew

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (DECEMBER 8)

156. Mary, Crowned with Living Light
157. Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning
158. Holy Mary, Now We Crown You

 

PRESENTATION (FEBRUARY 2)

3. Sion, Sing
143. Hail to the Lord Who Comes 
144. When Mary Brought Her Treasure

SOLEMNITY OF JOSEPH (MARCH 19)
78. Joseph of Nazareth
145. Look Down to Us, Saint Joseph

ANNUNCIATION (MARCH 25)

159. Mother of Christ
160. Hail, This Festival Day
161. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary


JOSEPH THE WORKER (MAY 1)
78. Joseph of Nazareth
145. Look Down to Us, Saint Joseph

BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (JUNE 24)
57. Be Consoled, My People
146. The Great Forerunner of the Morn

PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES ( JUNE 29)
147. What Fairer Light

TRANSFIGURATION (AUGUST 6)
87. Lord, Your Glory in Christ We Have Seen
148. O Raise Your Eyes on High and See
149. 'Tis Good, Lord, To Be Here

ASSUMPTION (AUGUST 15)
162. Hail, Holy Queen (Deiss)

TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS (SEPTEMBER 14)
102. Hail, Redeemer, King Divine
126. The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns
150. O Cross of Christ Immortal Tree

MICHAEL, GABRIEL, RAPHAEL (SEPTEMBER 29)
151. Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him
152. They Come, God's Messengers of Love
153. You Holy Angels Bright

GUARDIAN ANGELS (OCTOBER 2)

151. Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him
152. They Come, God's Messengers of Love
153. You Holy Angels Bright


FRANCIS OF ASSISI (OCTOBER 4)
14. All Creatures of Our God and King

ALL SAINTS (NOVEMBER 1)
31. Faith of Our Fathers
44. Romans VIII (For Those Who Love God)
172. For All the Saints
180. The Beatitudes
181. Blest Are the Pure in Heart

---------- COMMONS ----------

COMMONS OF THE DEDICATION OF A CHURCH
154. Christ is Made Our Sure Foundation
155. The Church's One Foundation
178. Now, From the Heav'ns Descending

COMMON OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
73. Virgin-Born, We Bow Before You
79. Joy to You
80. O Mary, of All Women
156. Mary, Crowned with Living Light
157. Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning
158. Holy Mary, Now We Crown You
159. Mother of Christ
160. Hail, This Festival Day
161. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary
162. Hail, Holy Queen (Deiss)
163. The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky
164. Mother of Holy Hope
165. Mary the Dawn
166. Praise to Mary, Heaven's Gate
167. Queen of Heaven

COMMON OF APOSTLES
106. This I Ask (John 15)
168. The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King
169. Now Let the Heav'ns Resound with Praise

COMMON OF SEVERAL MARTYRS

31. Faith of Our Fathers
44. Romans VIII (For Those Who Love God)
170. Christ, in Whose Passion Once Was Sown
171. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
172. For All the Saints

COMMON OF ONE MARTYR

31. Faith of Our Fathers
44. Romans VIII (For Those Who Love God)
170. Christ, in Whose Passion Once Was Sown
171. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
172. For All the Saints
173. Amazing Grace

COMMON OF PASTORS

139. Come to Me
140. Shepherd of Souls, in Love Come, Feed Us
174. Loving Shepard of Thy Sheep
175. The King of Love My Shepherd Is

COMMON OF DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH
31. Faith of Our Fathers
176. Rise Up, O Men of God
177. This is the Feast Day of the Lord's True Witness
178. Now, From the Heav'ns Descending
179. Now Let Us Praise

COMMON OF VIRGINS

178. Now, From the Heav'ns Descending
179. Now Let Us Praise
180. The Beatitudes

COMMON OF HOLY MEN
31. Faith of Our Fathers
172. For All the Saints
176. Rise Up, O Men of God
177. This is the Feast Day of the Lord's True Witness
181. Blest Are the Pure in Heart
182. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
183. Who Would True Valor See

COMMON OF HOLY WOMEN

178. Now, From the Heav'ns Descending
179. Now Let Us Praise
180. The Beatitudes
182. O God, Our Help in Ages Past

 

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OFFICE OF THE DEAD
98. Keep in Mind
106. This I Ask (John 15)
113. In the Midst of Death (We Who Were Once Dead)
114. I Am the Bread of Life
120. Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Wesley)
139. Come to Me
172. For All the Saints
175. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
184. O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine
185. May Flights of Angels Lead You On Your Way

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POETRY APPENDIX
Canticle of Brother Sun
God's Grandeur
I See His Blood Upon the Rose
If, Lord, Thy Love for Me is Strong
Lead, Kindly Light 
Lines Written in Her Breviary
My Own Heart Let Me More Have Pity On
O Deus Ego Amo Te (O God, I Love Thee)
The Beauty of Creation Bears Witness to God
The Hound of Heaven
The Pulley
Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord
Wilt Thou Forgive That Sin, Where I Begun

 

 

 
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