The reading hearing ( Latin officium lectionis ) is a time of prayer in the liturgical book of hours of the Catholic Church that emerged from Matutin , in which the reading of scriptures is in the foreground.
In the course of the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council , the liturgical book of hours ( breviary ) of deacons and priests (Latin title: "Liturgia horarum") was adapted to the living conditions of the clergy. The Vigil or the Matins, which was prayed earlier at night or early in the morning, was shortened and has not been tied to a specific time of day since then. This changed hearing is called the reading hearing. In the divine office of the contemplative orders , however, the vigil or Matutin has been preserved. If the reading hour is celebrated as the first hour of the day, it is preceded by the invitation , a psalm with an antiphon to match the liturgical day .
The reading hearing consists of the hymn , three psalms , a reading from the Bible , a longer reading from the Church Fathers or the biographies of the saints and the oration . The Te Deum is also sung on Sundays , festivals and high feasts . On Sundays and high feasts, the reading horn can be extended by adding three cantica (chants) from the Old Testament and reading the Gospel of the day on Matins or Vigil.