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 Midday Office
To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
The Call to Prayer
Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name;* bring offerings and come into his courts.
Psalm 96:8

The Request for Presence
Let your countenance shine upon your servant* and teach me your statutes.
Psalm 119:135

The Greeting
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart;* I will tell of all your marvelous works.
Psalm 9:1

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD,* nor anything like your works.
Psalm 86:8

A Reading
I shall give them a single heart and I shall put a new spirit in them; I shall remove the heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh, so that they can keep my laws and respect my judgements and put them into practice. Then they will be my people and I shall be their God. But those whose hearts are set on their horrors and loathsome practices I shall repay for their conduct- declares the Lord YAHWEH.
Ezekiel 11:19-21

The Refrain
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD,* nor anything like your works.

The Midday Psalm You, O LORD,Will Bless the Righteous
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness, because of those who lie in wait for me;* make your way straight before me. For there is no truth in their mouth;* there is destruction in their heart; Their throat is an open grave;* they flatter with their tongue. Declare them guilty, O God;* let them fall, because of their schemes. Because of their many transgressions cast them out,* for they have rebelled against you. But all who take refuge in you will be glad;* they will sing out their joy for ever. You will shelter them,* so that those who love your Name may exult in you. For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous;* you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:8-15

The Refrain
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD,* nor anything like your works.

The Cry of the Church
Even so come, Lord Jesus!

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
Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church
O God, who on the day of Pentecost taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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