Do you have any experience with joining Mass with Lauds or Vespers? The General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours (1970) allows this – see the citation below.
A certain school of thought says that liturgies have their own integrity and should not be lumped together. Do you agree with this? Or do you see pastoral reason for joining the office with Mass? Please share your experiences and your thoughts.
VII The Way of Joining Hours of the Office with Mass or Among Themselves
93 In special cases, if the circumstances require it, a liturgical Hour celebrated in public or in common may be joined more closely with Mass, provided that they are both of the same Office. This should be done in accordance with the norms which follow. Care should be taken to ensure that this is not pastorally harmful, especially on Sundays.
94 When Lauds, celebrated in choir or in common, immediately precedes Mass, the liturgical function may begin either with the introductory verse and hymn of Lauds (especially on ferial days), or with the entrance song and procession, and the celebrant’s greeting (especially on festive days). When one of these introductory forms is used, the other is omitted. The psalmody of Lauds is said in the usual way as far as the short reading exclusively. The penitential act of the Mass is omitted, as also the Kyrie, if so desired; the Gloria in excelsis is then said, if the rubrics require it, and the celebrant says the opening prayer of the Mass. The Liturgy of the Word follows in the usual way. The Prayer of the Faithful is said at the normal time and in the form customary at Mass. During the morning Mass of a ferial day, however, the intercessions of Lauds may replace the Prayer of the Faithful. After the communion song, the Benedictus is sung with its antiphon, followed by the postcommunion prayer and the remainder of Mass is as normal.
95 If the public celebration of the Prayer during the Day immediately precedes Mass, the celebration may begin with the introductory verse and hymn of the Hour (especially on ferial days), or with the entrance song and procession, and celebrant’s greeting (especially on festive days). When one of these introductory forms is used, the other is omitted. The psalmody of the Hour then follows in the usual way as far as the short reading exclusively, omitting the penitential act and if desired the Kyrie, the Gloria in excelsis is said, if the rubrics require it, and the celebrant says the opening prayer of the Mass.
96 Vespers celebrated immediately before Mass is joined with it in the same way as Lauds. First Vespers of solemnities, Sundays and feasts of our Lord occurring on Sundays may not be celebrated until after the Mass of the previous day or the Saturday.
97 When the Prayer during the Day or Vespers follows Mass, the Mass is celebrated in the usual way as far as the postcommunion prayer inclusively. The psalmody of the Hour begins without an introductory verse immediately after the postcommunion prayer. In the Prayer during the Day the short reading is omitted after the psalmody, and the concluding prayer said, followed by a dismissal as at Mass. At Vespers, the Magnificat with its antiphon follows immediately after the psalmody—there is no reading, no intercessions and no Lord’s Prayer—and then comes the concluding prayer and the blessing of the people.