-Invitatory: the opening of every one of the offices.
-How to do it:
Make the Sign of the Cross and say "God come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me." Then do the doxology (see next term). Alleluia is said at the end except during Lent
-Doxology: The praise of the Holy Trinity. It is done at the invitatory and after every psalm and canticle. When the doxology is said, or any time the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are invoked, we bow in adoration and reverence to the living God. The doxology in Liturgy of the Hours is slightly different from the commonly known way of saying it. Here is the Liturgy of the Hours version:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be forever. Amen.
-Antiphon: A short verse said before and after a psalm or a canticle.
-Antiphonal: The way psalms are done with two sides alternating verses
-Learn with a friend. Liturgy of the Hours can be done alone, but it is much better done with another person or a whole group of people. Even better is if you have a friend who already knows it who you can rely on to point you in the right direction if you get lost.
-Set the book up before you get started by getting your ribbons in all the right places. Do a run-through of all the flips that you will need to do so that you have it clearly in your mind where you're going next.
-Have a system for your ribbons that designates which color goes where. For example: yellow in the seasonal propers, blue in the psalter, red in the ordinary, green in the sanctoral, and purple in the commons.
-Use holy cards to mark extra pages. Saints feasts in particular will have you flipping to many pages, sometimes more than you have ribbons for. Holy cards are really useful for these occasions.
-Have a permanent marker for Sunday Week 1 morning prayer, you will use it for nearly every feast day.
-Remember to keep your ribbons moving as you turn pages and to not leave a ribbon hanging loose. You lose your page marker that way.
-Don't worry if praying the Liturgy of the Hours goes slowly and with difficulty at first, it does for everyone. You will pick up on it and it will become natural with practice!