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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 ) 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
    Bless God in the congregation;* bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
    Psalm 68:26

    The Request for Presence
    O LORD, watch over us* and save us from this generation for ever.
    Psalm 12:7

    The Greeting
    One generation shall praise your works to another* and shall declare your power.
    Psalm 145:4

    The Hymn Benedictus Es Domini
    Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers;* you are worthy of praise; glory to you. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;* we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;* on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;* we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you, beholding the depths;* in the high vault of heaven, glory to you. Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;* we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
    Song of the Three Young Men 29-34

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    The heaven of heavens is the LORD's,* but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
    Psalm 115:16

    The Vespers Psalm The LORD Is My Strength
    I love you, O LORD my strength,* O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven. My God, my rock in whom I put my trust,* my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge; you are worthy of praise. I will call upon the LORD,* and so shall I be saved from my enemies. The breakers of death rolled over me,* and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid. The cords of hell entangled me,* and the snares of death were set for me. I called upon the LORD in my distress* and cried out to my God for help. He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling;* my cry of anguish came to his ears.
    Psalm 18:1-7

    The Refrain
    The heaven of heavens is the LORD's,* but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.

    The Cry of the Church
    Even so come, Lord Jesus!

    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
    Grant me, I beseech thee, O merciful God, prudently to study, rightly to understand and perfectly to fulfill that which is pleasing to thee, to the praise and glory of thy name. Amen.
    St. Thomas Aquinas



     
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