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
Be joyful to the LORD, all you lands;* serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
Psalm 100:1

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

The Greeting
Splendor and honor and kingly power are yours by right, O Lord our God . . . For you created everything that is, and by your will they were created and have their being.
Revelation 4:11, 5:9ff

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
Great are the deeds of the LORD!* they are studied by all who delight in them.
Psalm 111:2

A Reading
Jesus taught us, saying: 'I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.'
John 13:34-35

The Refrain
Great are the deeds of the LORD!* they are studied by all who delight in them.

The Morning Psalm This God Is Our God For Ever and Ever
Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end;* your right hand is full of justice. Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice,* because of your judgments. Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about her;* count the number of her towers. Consider well her bulwarks; examine her strongholds;* that you may tell those who come after. This God is our God for ever and ever;* he shall be our guide for evermore.
Psalm 48:8-13

The Refrain
Great are the deeds of the LORD!* they are studied by all who delight in them.

The Small Verse
'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
Revelation 1:8

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
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon all your faithful people your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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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