Solve Your Problems - Collected Essay Liturgy Modern Reform Rite
Surprisingly, it remains one of the most under-appreciated components of the reformed liturgical rites.
The common “cathedral” office, where the bishop led his flock in public prayer, suffered a severe decline over the centuries.
Monastic influences contributed to this by intensifying the Hours into longer and more time-consuming functions.
Even earlier, however, the rise of the parish church played a role in the Hours’ decline.
These smaller parochial outposts, staffed by individual priests rather than large cathedral communities, lacked the clerical manpower for public celebrations of the Hours.