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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
    Search for the LORD and his strength;* continually seek his face.
    Psalm 105:4

    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
    What terror you inspire!* who can stand before you when you are angry?
    Psalm 76:7

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me* and delivered me out of all my terror.
    Psalm 34:4

    A Reading
    Then he told them, 'This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, was destined to be fulfilled.' He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, 'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day, rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this. And now I am sending upon you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city, then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.'
    Luke 24:44-49

    The Refrain
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me* and delivered me out of all my terror.

    The Morning Psalm No Evil Shall Happen to You
    Your eyes have only to behold* to see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD your refuge,* and the Most High your habitation, There shall no evil happen to you,* neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you,* to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you in their hands,* lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder;* you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.
    Psalm 91:8-13

    The Refrain
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me* and delivered me out of all my terror.

    The Cry of the Church
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

    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
    Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep me, I pray, from all things that may hurt me, that I, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ my 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.

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

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    The Divine Hours™ are reprinted here with permission of Doubleday and Phyllis Tickle. Not for distribution without permission from the author.

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