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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 Morning Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.
    The Call to Prayer
    Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD;* let us exalt his Name together.
    Psalm 34:3

    The Request for Presence
    Open my eyes, that I may see* the wonders of your law.
    Psalm 119:18

    The Greeting
    I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praise to you among the nations. For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens,* and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
    Psalm 57:9-10

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name;* deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.
    Psalm 79:9

    A Reading
    Jesus looked at him and said, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to make their way into the kingdom of God! Yes, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.' Those who were listening said, 'In that case, who can be saved?' He replied, 'Things that are impossible by human resources, are possible for God.'
    Luke 18:24-27

    The Refrain
    Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name;* deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.

    The Morning Psalm Arise, O God, and Rule the Earth
    God takes his stand in the council of heaven;* he gives judgment in the midst of the gods: "How long will you judge unjustly,* and show favor to the wicked? Save the weak and the orphan;* defend the humble and needy; Rescue the weak and the poor;* deliver them from the power of the wicked. They do not know, neither do they understand;* they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. Now I say to you, 'You are gods,* and all of you children of the Most High; Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,* and fall like any prince.' " Arise, O God, and rule the earth,* for you shall take all nations for your own.
    Psalm 82

    The Refrain
    Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name;* deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.

    The Cry of the Church
    Even so come, Lord Jesus!

    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
    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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