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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 Vespers Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m
     
    The Call to Prayer
    Tell it out among the nations: "The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."
    Psalm 96:10

    The Request for Presence
    Restore our fortunes, O LORD,* like the watercourses of the Negev.
    Psalm 126:5

    The Greeting
    Whom have I in heaven but you?* and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
    Psalm 73:25

    The Hymn The Magnificat
    And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed, For the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, And his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him. He has used the power of his arm, He has routed the arrogant heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly. He has filled the starving with good things, sent the rich away empty. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his faithful love -according to the promise he made to our ancestors- of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.
    Luke 1:46-56

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    Those who sowed with tears* will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,* will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
    Psalm 126:6-7

    The Vespers Psalm Let Them Give Thanks for the Wonders He Does
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,* and his mercy endures for ever. Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim* that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe. He gathered them out of the lands;* from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. He sent forth his word and healed them* and saved them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy* and the wonders he does for his children. Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving* and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.
    Psalm 107:1-3, 20-22

    The Refrain
    Those who sowed with tears* will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,* will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

    The Cry of the Church
    Be, Lord, my helper and forsake me not. Do not despise me, O God, my savior.
    THE SHORT BREVIARY

    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.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, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; 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
    Pour your grace into my heart, O Lord, that I who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



     
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