ARTICLE IV.-OF THE PLACE OF RECITATION AND THE ATTITUDE IN RECITING THE OFFICE.
Where should the Divine Office be recited? The Divine Office should be
recited in the place intended and set apart by the Church for that
purpose—viz., in the choir or in the Church (Con. Trid., sess. 24).
Canons and religious are bound to recite their office in choir; of
course, this refers to Canons in residence at a cathedral for daily
service, and to religious in the strict application of the term. The
Divine Office may be recited by priests anywhere, in the church, in a
dwelling-house, walking, in the fields, etc.
the office a priest should observe an attitude in harmony with the
great work in which he is engaged, prayer to God. Hence, his attitude
should be becoming, on his knees, standing, sitting, walking, but not
sprawling or lying. The rubrics which prescribe kneeling, sitting,
standing, apply to choir recitation only. But writers recommend that in
private recitation these directions should not be altogether omitted,
and they say that the practice of these rubrics of kneeling, bowing,
standing, etc., is laudable and an aid to devout recital.
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Article III.—Time Of Recitation.