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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...

    You may find it helpful to read the introduction by the author, Phyllis Tickle.

    The Vespers Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.
    The Call to Prayer
    God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
    Psalm 118:27

    The Request for Presence
    Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you,* when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
    Psalm 28:2

    The Greeting
    All your works praise you, O LORD,* and your faithful servants bless you. They make known the glory of your kingdom and speak of your power . . .* and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    Psalm 145:10-12

    The Hymn God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
    Guard us waking, guard us sleeping, And, when we die, May we in your mighty keeping All peaceful lie. When the last dread call shall wake us, Then, O Lord, do not forsake us, But to reign in glory take us With you on high. Holy Father, throned in heaven, All holy Son, Holy Spirit, freely given, Blessed Three in One: Grant us grace, we now implore you, Till we lay our crowns before you And in worthier strains adore you While ages run. Stanza 1: Richard Whately Stanza 2: William Mercer

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,* which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
    Psalm 125:1

    The Vespers Psalm May the LORD Strengthen You Out of Zion
    May the LORD answer 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 LORD grant all your requests.
    Psalm 20:1-5

    The Refrain
    Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,* which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.

    The Small Verse
    The earth is the Lord's and all the fullness thereof, the world and we who dwell within. Thanks be to God.

    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 me, O Lord, to trust in you with all my heart; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    May God himself order my days and make them acceptable in his sight. Blessed is the Lord always, my strength and my redeemer.

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