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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 Midday Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
     
    The Call to Prayer
    Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples;* ascribe to the LORD honor and power. Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name.
    Psalm 96:7-8

    The Request for Presence
    You are my crag and my stronghold.
    Psalm 71:3

    The Greeting
    You have showed me great troubles and adversities,* but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.
    Psalm 71:20

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord* and have great delight in his commandments!
    Psalm 112:1

    A Reading
    The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another. For to love the other person is to fulfill the law. All these: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and all the other commandments are summed up in this single phrase: You must love your neighbor as yourself. Love can cause no harm to your neighbor; and so love is the fulfillment of the Law.
    Romans 13:8-10

    The Refrain
    Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord* and have great delight in his commandments!

    The Midday Psalm Happy Are They Who Consider the Poor and Needy
    Happy are they who consider the poor and needy!* The LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble. The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land;* he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed* and ministers to them in their illness.
    Psalm 41:1-3

    The Refrain
    Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord* and have great delight in his commandments!

    The Small Verse
    Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. Christ, be merciful to me, a sinner. Father, be merciful to me, a sinner. Spirit, be merciful to me, a sinner. Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.
    Traditional

    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
    Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know my necessities before I ask and my ignorance in asking: Have compassion on my weakness, and mercifully give me those things which for my unworthiness I dare not, and for my blindness I cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    O gracious God, I remember before you today your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and I pray that you will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of selfdenying service by which alone they may have true authority among us; through Jesus Christ out Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

     
    Be sure to check out Phyllis Responds, answers to questions about The Divine Hours™.

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