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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 Midday Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
     
    The Call to Prayer
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,* and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
    Psalm 103:1

    The Request for Presence
    Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call;* have mercy on me and answer me. You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face."* Your face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not your face from me,* nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
    Psalm 27:10-12

    The Greeting
    I restrain my feet from every evil way,* that I may keep your word.
    Psalm 119:101

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
    Psalm 84:9

    A Reading
    I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called, with all lowliness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    Ephesians 4:1-4 KJV

    The Refrain
    For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

    The Midday Psalm You Have Made the Son of Man Strong for Yourself
    Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand,* the son of man you have made so strong for yourself. And so will we never turn away from you;* give us life, that we may call upon your Name. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
    Psalm 80:16-18

    The Refrain
    For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

    The Cry of the Church
    O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

    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, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all people, to the glory of your Name; 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
    God of justice, God of mercy, bless all those who are surprised with pain this day from suffering caused by their own weakness or that of others. Let what we suffer teach us to be merciful; let our sins teach us to forgive. This we ask through the intercession of Jesus and all who died forgiving those who oppressed them. Amen.
    THE NEW COMPANION TO THE BREVIARY

     
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