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

    The Request for Presence
    Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me . . . Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful.
    Psalm 86:1-2

    The Greeting
    Lord, you have been our refuge* from one generation to another. Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born,* from age to age you are God.
    Psalm 90:1-2

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him,* that his glory may dwell in our land.
    Psalm 85:9

    A Reading
    His mother and his brothers came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.' But he said in answer, 'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.'
    Luke 8:19-21

    The Refrain
    Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him,* that his glory may dwell in our land.

    The Morning Psalm O Israel, If You Would But Listen to Me
    Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you:* O Israel, if you would but listen to me! There shall be no strange god among you;* you shall not worship a foreign god. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said,* "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."
    Psalm 81:8-10

    The Refrain
    Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him,* that his glory may dwell in our land.

    The Cry of the Church
    Be, Lord, my helper and forsake me not. Do not despise me, O God, my savior.

    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
    Grant me, O Lord, to trust in you with all my heart; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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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