The Divine Hours

A form of prayer at specified times to be used by individuals or groups. The Divine Hours includes morning, midday, vespers (evening) and compline (before retiring) offices, having roots in the biblical tradition. By default the Divine Hours below is displayed based on Eastern Standard Time, U.S.


The Morning Office
To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.
 
The Call to Prayer
Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding,* and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you hosts,* you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion;* bless the LORD, O my soul.
Psalm 103:20-22

The Request for Presence
Give ear to my words, O LORD;* consider my meditation. Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God,* for I make my prayer to you. In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;* early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
Psalm 5:1-3

The Greeting
O God, you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on you; for in returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be our strength.
Isaiah 26:3, 30:15

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
The LORD's will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.
Psalm 33:11

A Reading
The Jews then said, 'You are not fifty yet, and you have seen Abraham!' Jesus replied: I tell you most solemnly, before Abraham ever was, I am.
John 8:57-58

The Refrain
The LORD's will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.

The Morning Psalm A Song About the Messiah
The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand,* until I make your enemies your footstool." The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion,* saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you. Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth;* in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning." The LORD has sworn and he will not recant:* "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
Psalm 110:1-4

The Refrain
The LORD's will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.

The Small Verse
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who have lived in a land of deep shadow a light has shown.
Isaiah 9:1

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace each of us may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

 

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