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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 Morning Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.
     
    The Call to Prayer
    Search for the LORD and his strength;* continually seek his face.
    Psalm 105:4

    The Request for Presence
    Show your goodness, O LORD, to those who are good* and to those who are true of heart.
    Psalm 125:4

    The Greeting
    Seven times a day do I praise you,* because of your righteous judgments.
    Psalm 119:164

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    Our days are like the grass;* we flourish like a flower of the field; When the wind goes over it, it is gone,* and its place shall know it no more.
    Psalm 103:15-16

    A Reading
    Jesus taught us, saying: "I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, the Son of man will declare himself for him in the presence of God's angels. But anyone who disowns me in the presence of human beings will be disowned in the presence of God's angels."
    Luke 12:8-9

    The Refrain
    Our days are like the grass;* we flourish like a flower of the field; When the wind goes over it, it is gone,* and its place shall know it no more.

    The Morning Psalm With God We Will Do Valiant Deeds
    God spoke from his holy place and said:* "I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine;* Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter. Moab is my wash-basin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it,* and over Philistia will I shout in triumph." Who will lead me into the strong city?* who will bring me into Edom? Have you not cast us off, O God?* you no longer go out, O God, with our armies. Grant us your help against the enemy,* for vain is the help of man. With God we will do valiant deeds,* and he shall tread our enemies under foot.
    Psalm 60:6-12

    The Refrain
    Our days are like the grass;* we flourish like a flower of the field; When the wind goes over it, it is gone,* and its place shall know it no more.

    The Small Verse
    Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

    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 and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; 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
    Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.†

     
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