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    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 (Printer Friendly | Baby Boomer | Mobile Device | iPhone App ) based on Eastern Standard Time, U.S. however, you can now localize The Divine Hours...

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    The Night Office
    To Be Observed Before Retiring
    The Call to Prayer
    May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.†

    The Request for Presence
    Our help is in the Name of the LORD;* the maker of heaven and earth.
    Psalm 124:8

    The Greeting
    Almighty God, my heavenly Father: I have sinned against you, through my own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what I have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me all my offenses; and grant that I may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.†

    The Reading
    Great and holy is the Lord, the holiest of holy ones for every generation. Majesty precedes him, and following him is the rush of many waters. Grace and truth surround his presence; truth and justice and righteousness are the foundations of his throne. Separating light from deep darkness, by the knowledge of his mind he has established the dawn. When all his angels had witnessed it they sang aloud; for he showed them what they had not known Crowning the hills with fruit, good food for every living being. Blessed be he who makes the earth by his power establishing the world in his wisdom. In his understanding he stretched out the heavens, and brought forth wind from his storehouses. He made lightning for the rain, and caused mists to rise from the end of the earth.
    Dead Sea Scrolls

    The Gloria

    Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God t

    The Psalm May the LORDStrengthen You Out of Zion
    May the LORDanswer you in the day of trouble,* the Name of the God of Jacob defend you; Send you help from his holy place* and strengthen you out of Zion; Remember all your offerings* and accept your burnt sacrifice; Grant you your heart’s desire* and prosper all your plans. We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God;* may the LORDgrant all your requests. Now I know that the LORDgives victory to his anointed;* he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand. Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,* but we will call upon the Name of the LORDour God. They collapse and fall down,* but we will arise and stand upright. O LORD,give victory to the king* and answer us when we call.
    Psalm 20

    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 Small Verse
    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.†

    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 Petition
    Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. †

    The Final Thanksgiving
    Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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