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
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;* his mercy endures for ever.
Psalm 118:1

The Request for Presence
You are my helper and my deliverer;* do not tarry, O my God.
Psalm 40:19

The Greeting
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;* a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:17-18

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
Whom have I in heaven but you?* and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
Psalm 73:25

A Reading
The wage paid by sin is death; the gift freely given by God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

The Refrain
Whom have I in heaven but you?* and having you I desire nothing upon earth.

The Midday Psalm Who Is Like the LORD Our God
Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high* but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth? He takes up the weak out of the dust* and lifts up the poor from the ashes. He sets them with the princes,* with the princes of his people. He makes the woman of a childless house* to be a joyful mother of children.
Psalm 113:5-8

The Refrain
Whom have I in heaven but you?* and having you I desire nothing upon earth.

The Small Verse
My help is in the Name of the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. What then shall I fear of what shall I be afraid?

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
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; 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
Direct me, O Lord, in all my doings with your most gracious favor, and further me with your continual help; that in all my work begun, continued, and ended in you, I may glorify your holy name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.


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