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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
    Know this, the LORD himself is God;* he himself made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
    Psalm 100:2

    The Request for Presence
    I am a stranger here on earth;* do not hide your commandments from me.
    Psalm 119:19

    The Greeting
    I restrain my feet from every evil way,* that I may keep your word.
    Psalm 119:101

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

    A Reading
    Whatever you eat, then, or drink, whatever else you do, do it all for the glory of God. Never be a cause of offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the Church of God.
    I Corinthians 10:31-32

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

    The Midday Psalm I Was Pressed So Hard That I Almost Fell
    All the ungodly encompass me;* in the name of the LORD I will repel them. They hem me in, they hem me in on every side;* in the name of the LORD I will repel them. They swarm about me like bees; they blaze like a fire of thorns;* in the name of the LORD I will repel them. I was pressed so hard that I almost fell,* but the LORD came to my help.
    Psalm 118:10-13

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

    The Small Verse
    Create in me a clean heart, O God,* and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence* and take not your holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of your saving help again* and sustain me with your bountiful spirit.
    Psalm 51:11-13

    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, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant that all of us may be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; 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 The Privilege Is Ours to Share in the Loving
    Almighty God, our heavenly Father, the privilege is ours to share in the loving, healing, reconciling mission of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, in this age and wherever we are. Since without you we can do no good thing. May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us; So that we will be: Strong in faith, Discerning in proclamation, Courageous in witness, Persistent in good deeds. This we ask through the name of the Father.
    Church of the Province of the West Indies

     
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