Combining hours in the Little Office of the BVM
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I've recently taken up praying the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  So far, in the mornings, I've been combining Matins, Lauds, and Prime.  This works better for my schedule.  But I've begun to wonder, is this allowed by the rubrics?  I can't find a clear answer anywhere.  And if it is, can I also combine other hours with each other, like Terce, Sext, and None (around midday) and then combine Vesper and Compline during the evening?  I'd like to pray all the hours and don't have a schedule that would allow me to pray them at the more traditional times.
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Whether or not this is in violation of rubrics I'm not sure, even if it was, I don't think it would apply to you unless you were bound to pray the Office. But I am certain that this is a common practice for people who pray the Office.
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Whilst the ideal is to recite each hour separately at the appropriate time, their is absolutely nothing wrong with combining the hours if necessary. There have been times when I was extremely busy and the Office was said, Matins to Compline in one sitting before midnight.
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