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
Love the LORD, all you who worship him;* the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
Psalm 31:23

The Request for Presence
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me;* LORD, be my helper.
Psalm 30:11

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
One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek;* that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life . . .
Psalm 27:5

A Reading
He called the people and his disciples to him and said, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. What gain, then, is it for anyone to win the whole world and forfeit his life? And indeed what can a man offer in exchange for his life? For if anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.'
Mark 8:34-38

The Refrain
One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek;* that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life . . .

The Morning Psalm All That Is Within Me, Bless His Holy Name
Bless the LORD, O my soul,* and all that is within me, bless his holy Name. Bless the LORD, O my soul,* and forget not all his benefits. He forgives all your sins* and heals all your infirmities; He redeems your life from the grave* and crowns you with mercy and lovingkindness; He satisfies you with good things,* and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
Psalm 103:1-5

The Refrain
One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek;* that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life . . .

The Cry of the Church
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

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
Grant to me, Lord. I pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that I, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ my 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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