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
Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding,* and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,* you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion;* bless the LORD, O my soul.
Psalm 103:20-22

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

The Greeting
As the deer longs for the water-brooks,* so longs my soul for you, O God.
Psalm 42:1

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. John tried to dissuade him, with the words, 'It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me!' But Jesus replied, 'Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.' Then John gave in to him. And when Jesus had been baptized he at once came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on him.'
Matthew 3:13-17

A Reading
The same stone which the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Refrain
Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. John tried to dissuade him, with the words, 'It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me!' But Jesus replied, 'Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.' Then John gave in to him. And when Jesus had been baptized he at once came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on him.'
Matthew 3:13-17

The Morning Psalm In a Little While the Wicked Shall Be No More
In a little while the wicked shall be no more;* you shall search out their place, but they will not be there. But the lowly shall possess the land;* they will delight in abundance of peace. The wicked plot against the righteous* and gnash at them with their teeth. The LORD laughs at the wicked,* because he sees that their day will come. The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the poor and needy,* to slaughter those who are upright in their ways. Their sword shall go through their own heart,* and their bow shall be broken. The little that the righteous has* is better than great riches of the wicked. For the power of the wicked shall be broken,* but the LORD upholds the righteous.
Psalm 37:11-18

The Refrain
Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. John tried to dissuade him, with the words, 'It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me!' But Jesus replied, 'Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.' Then John gave in to him. And when Jesus had been baptized he at once came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on him.'
Matthew 3:13-17

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
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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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