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
Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,* but you take no delight in burnt-offerings. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;* and a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:16-18

The Request for Presence
Show us the light of your countenance, O God,* and come to us.
based on Psalm 67:1

The Greeting
You, O LORD, are my lamp;* my God, you make my darkness bright. With you I will break down an enclosure;* with the help of my God I will scale any wall.
Psalm 18:29-30

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
Happy are those who trust in the LORD!* they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.
Psalm 40:4

A Reading
"For me it will be as in the days of Noah when I swore that Noah's waters should never flood the world again. So now I swear never to be angry with you and never to rebuke you again. For the mountains may go away and the hills may totter, but my faithful love will never leave you, my covenant of peace will never totter," says YAHWEH who takes pity on you.
Isaiah 54:9-10

The Refrain
Happy are those who trust in the LORD!* they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.

The Midday Psalm The Midday Psalm May They Prosper Who Love You
I was glad when they said to me,* "Let us go to the house of the LORD." Now our feet are standing* within your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city* that is at unity with itself; To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD,* the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the LORD. For there are the thrones of judgment,* the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:* "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls* and quietness within your towers. For my brethren and companions' sake,* I pray for your prosperity. Because of the house of the LORD our God,* I will seek to do you good."
Psalm 122

The Refrain
Happy are those who trust in the LORD!* they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.

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
Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who cares for us: Preserve me from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from me the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church
O God, you make me glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son my Lord: Give me this day such blessing through my worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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