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 Night Office
To Be Observed Before Retiring
 
The Call to Prayer
May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.†

The Request for Presence
Our help is in the Name of the Lord; the maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8

The Greeting
Almighty God, my heavenly Father: I have sinned against you, through my own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, in what I have done and what I have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me all my offenses; and grant that I may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.†

The Reading
YAHWEH, you are in our midst, we are called by your name. Do not desert us! O our God, you are our hope.
Jeremiah 14:9, 22

The Gloria
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

The Psalm You Shall Find Refuge Under His Wings
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,* abides under the shadow of the Almighty. He shall say to the LORD, "You are my refuge and my stronghold,* my God in whom I put my trust." He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter* and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge under his wings;* his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,* nor of the arrow that flies by day; Of the plague that stalks in the darkness,* nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day. Athousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand,* but it shall not come near you. Your eyes have only to behold* to see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD your refuge,* and the Most High your habitation, There shall no evil happen to you,* neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you,* to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you in their hands,* lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder;* you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet. Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him;* I will protect him, because he knows my Name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;* I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honor. With long life will I satisfy him,* and show him my salvation.
Psalm 91

The Gloria
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

The Small Verse
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; Hide me under the shadow of your wings. †

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 Petition
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. †

The Final Thanksgiving
Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



 

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