Divine Office Forum: The Reading

The Reading QUESTION from Patricia on December 24, 2002 In the Divine Office for the reading after the Psalms and Canticle is one supposed to say for example A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans and at the end say The Word of the Lord as in Mass, or are you just supposed to say the reading by itself with a moment of silence afterwards. Thank you and God Bless!
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on December 27, 2002 Dear Patricia:
The usual practice is to say A reading from Romans but the fuller A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans is acceptible too I believe.
The response, however, is not The Word of the Lord. The response is as printed in the Office itself. You will see a Responsory after the reading.
Also, while not mandated, it is tradition to have a small period of silence after the Reading, then the Responsory.
God Bless.
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