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
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; praise Him above, you heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

The Request for Presence
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,* and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling; That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness;* and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God, my God.
Psalm 43:3-4

The Greeting
Yours is the day, yours also the night;* you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth;* you made both summer and winter.
Psalm 74:15-16

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD,* and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High . . .
Psalm 92:1

A Reading ACanticle of Jeremiah, the Prophet
They will come shouting for joy on the heights of Zion, thronging towards YAHWEH's lavish gifts, for wheat, new wine and oil, sheep and cattle; they will be like a well-watered garden, they will sorrow no more. The young girl will then take pleasure in the dance and young men and old alike; I will change their mourning into gladness, comfort them, give them joy after their troubles, I shall refresh my priests with rich food, and see my people will gorge themselves on my lavish gifts—YAHWEH declares.
Jeremiah 31:12-14

The Refrain
It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD,* and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High . . .

The Midday Psalm In His Hand Are the Caverns of the Earth
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving* and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God,* and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth,* and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,* and his hands have molded the dry land.
Psalm 95:2-5

The Refrain
It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD,* and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High . . .

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
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
O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon all of us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship may give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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