The goal here would be to have logical chunks to the ordinary day, which would provide regular opportunities to practice all the skills required by the Four-Box Flow.

Early morning (Matins, pre-dawn). Meditation and study. Practice for Quiet

Morning (Lauds). Writing practice

Mid-morning (Terce), Mid-day (Sext), Midafternoon (None). Plan for joint activities, practical necessities. Projects.

Evening (Vespers). Currently this is centered around the television -- news, DVR episodes, movies. Together time.

Night (Compline) I often fritter this time away with more TV, games, brainless activity. I feel best if I clean up my project messes, reflect on the day and organize for the next day, including jotting down notes. Best to diary here, instead of wasting matin time on recapping yesterday.

Catholic Liturgy of Hours, for structure and inspiration

Major hours

The major hours consist of the Office of Readings (formerly Matins), Morning (or Lauds) and Evening Prayer (or Vespers).

The Office of Readings consists of:

The character of Morning Prayer is that of praise; of Evening Prayer, that of thanksgiving. Both follow the same format:

Minor hours

The daytime hours follow a simpler format, like a very compact form of the Office of Readings:

Night prayer has the character of preparing the soul for its passage to eternal life:

In each office, the psalms and canticle are framed by antiphons, and each concludes with the traditional Catholic doxology.


*Resource: Canonical hours, wikipedia