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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
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,* and his mercy endures for ever.
    Psalm 107:1

    The Request for Presence
    So teach us to number our days* that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
    Psalm 90:12

    The Greeting
    Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;* remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
    Psalm 25:6

    The Hymn Bread of the World
    Bread of the world, in mercy broken, Wine of the soul, in mercy shed, By whom the words of life were spoken, And in whose death our sins are dead. Look on the heart by sorrow broken, Look on the tears by sinners shed; And be Your feast to us the token That by Your grace our souls are fed.
    Reginald Heber

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    Behold, God is my helper;* it is the Lord who sustains my life.
    Psalm 54:4

    The Vespers Psalm The LORD Has Ordained a Blessing
    Oh, how good and pleasant it is,* when brethren live together in unity! It is like fine oil upon the head* that runs down upon the beard, Upon the beard of Aaron,* and runs down upon the collar of his robe. It is like the dew of Hermon* that falls upon the hills of Zion. For there the LORD has ordained the blessing:* life for evermore.
    Psalm 133

    The Refrain
    Behold, God is my helper;* it is the Lord who sustains my life.

    The Small Verse
    The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He has settled me.

    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
    O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that I, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

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