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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 | iPhone App ) based on Eastern Standard Time, U.S. however, you can now localize The Divine Hours...

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    The Night Office
    To Be Observed Before Retiring
     
    The Call to Prayer
    May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.†

    The Request for Presence
    Our help is in the Name of the Lord; the maker of heaven and earth.
    Psalm 124:8

    The Greeting
    Almighty God, my heavenly Father: I have sinned against you, through my own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, in what I have done and what I have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me all my offenses; and grant that I may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.†

    The Reading
    Surely I know the spring that swiftly flows Even during the night. The eternal spring is deeply hidden, But surely I know the place where it begins Even during the night. I don’t know its source because it has none But know that all beginnings come from this one, Even during the night. I do know that nothing can equal its beauty And that from it both heaven and earth drink Even during the night. I know there is no limit to its depth And that no one can wade across its breadth, Even during the night. Its brightness is never clouded over, And I know that from it all light flows, Even during the night. I know its current is so forceful That it floods the nations, heaven, and hell, Even during the night. The current that is born of this stream, I know, is powerful and strong, Even during the night. The living stream that I so desire, I see it in this bread of life, Even during the night.
    St. John of the Cross

    The Gloria
    Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

    The Psalm Bless the LORD
    Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,* you that stand by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD;* the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.
    Psalm 134

    The Gloria
    Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

    The Small Verse
    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.†

    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 Petition
    Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. †

    The Final Thanksgiving
    Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



     
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