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
Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name;* bring offerings and come into his courts.
Psalm 96:8

The Request for Presence
Let your countenance shine upon your servant* and teach me your statutes.
Psalm 119:135

The Greeting
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart;* I will tell of all your marvelous works.
Psalm 9:1

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD,* nor anything like your works.
Psalm 86:8

A Reading
For the love of Christ overwhelms us when we consider that if one man died for all, then all have died; his purpose in dying for all humanity was that those who live should live not any more for themselves, but for him who died and was raised to life for them.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15

The Refrain
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD,* nor anything like your works.

The Midday Psalm You Have Declared Your Power Among the Peoples
I will remember the works of the LORD,* and call to mind your wonders of old time. I will meditate on all your acts* and ponder your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy;* who is so great a god as our God? You are the God who works wonders* and have declared your power among the peoples.
Psalm 77:11-14

The Refrain
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD,* nor anything like your works.

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
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn in this fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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 Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant me to so follow in faith where you have led the way, that I may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.

 

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