Lay blessing at Morning/Evening Prayer?

Question: 

Can lay people give a blessing at the end of Morning or Evening Prayer if they are leading it?

--Buzz in Bennion

Answer: 

Yes. In the rubrics of the Liturgy of the Hours, a lay leader of prayer says, "May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life," as the leader signs her/himself with the Sign of the Cross."

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