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
Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD;* give praise, you servants of the LORD.
Psalm 135:1

The Request for Presence
In your righteousness, deliver and set me free;* incline your ear to me and save me.
Psalm 71:2

The Greeting
O LORD, I am your servant;* I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
Psalm 116:14

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23

A Reading
Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, 'We have seen the Lord,' but he answered, 'Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and I can put my finger into the holes that they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.' Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.' Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him: 'You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.'
John 20:24-29

The Refrain
This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Morning Psalm He Has Not Dealt with Us According to Our Sins
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,* nor rewarded us according to our wickedness. For as the heavens are high above the earth,* so is his mercy great upon those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west,* so far has he removed our sins from us. As a father cares for his children,* so does the LORD care for those who fear him. For he himself knows whereof we are made;* he remembers that we are but dust.
Psalm 103:10-14

The Refrain
This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

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 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
Lord, make me have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; 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
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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