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The laudes (plural from Latin laus 'praise, praise song'), also Morgenhore or Morgenlob , are the liturgical morning prayer of the Catholic , Old Catholic , Anglican and Lutheran churches .


The plural word Laudes (“hymns of praise”) is derived from the “praise psalms” ( Ps 148  EU to Ps 150  EU ), which for centuries have been an integral part of the liturgical morning praise. Lauds are held at dawn, between 6 and 8 a.m. Their origin can be seen in the early Christian community meetings in the morning with which the resurrection of Jesus Christ was commemorated.

Lauds found in monasteries and between the night (at midnight or at four o'clock in the morning to erfolgendem) prayer of Matins (Mette) and the recognized six o'clock Prim instead. The older name of the Hore as Matutin ( [hora] matutina , morning hour ') was transferred to the Vigil ; Today's full name for Laudes is Laudes matutinae . The Second Vatican Council designated the laudes as preces matutinae , morning prayer. Laudes and Vespers ( preces vespertinae , evening prayer), as the most important hearing (Horae praecipuae), form the “double pivot of the daily divine office” (duplex cardo Officii cotidiani) ( SC 88).


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Benedikt Welter: Laudes . In: Walter Kasper (Ed.): Lexicon for Theology and Church . 3. Edition. tape 6 . Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1997, Sp. 681 .
  2. ^ Max Döllner : History of the development of the city of Neustadt an der Aisch up to 1933. Ph. CW Schmidt, Neustadt ad Aisch 1950, p. 202.
  3. Liborius Olaf Lumma : Liturgy in the rhythm of the day. A brief introduction to the history and practice of the Liturgy of the Hours. Pustet, Regensburg 2011, p. 43f.