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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
    Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
    Psalm 51:16

    The Request for Presence
    Show me the light of your countenance, O God,* and come to me.
    based on Psalm 57:1

    The Greeting
    O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everlasting Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as I come to the setting of the sun, and my eyes behold the vesper light, I sing your praises, O God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.
    based on Phos Hilaron

    The Hymn
    Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to thee. Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands and let them move At the impulse of your love; Take my feet and let them be Swift and beautiful for thee. Take my voice, and let me sing Always, only for my King; Take my intellect, and use Every power as you shall choose. Take my will, and make it thine, It shall be no longer mine; Take myself, and I will be Ever, only, all for thee.
    Frances R. Havergal

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    My eyes are open in the night watches,* that I may meditate upon your promise.
    Psalm 119:148

    The Vespers Psalm You Know My Sitting Down and My Rising Up
    LORD, you have searched me out and known me;* you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You trace my journeys and my resting-places* and are acquainted with all my ways. Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,* but you, O LORD, know it altogether. You press upon me behind and before* and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;* it is so high that I cannot attain it.
    Psalm 139:1-5

    The Refrain
    My eyes are open in the night watches,* that I may meditate upon your promise.

    The Cry of the Church
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

    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
    Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; 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, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ, triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that I, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in the City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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