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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
    Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness;* let the whole earth tremble before him.
    Psalm 96:9

    The Request for Presence
    Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry?* be gracious to your servants.
    Psalm 90:13

    The Greeting
    Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation,* O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away.
    Psalm 65:5

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    For he shall give his angels charge over you,* to keep you in all your ways.
    Psalm 91:11

    A Reading
    Jesus said to his disciples: "For your part, you must have these words constantly in your mind: The Son of man is going to be delivered into the power of men." But they did not understand what he said; it was hidden from them so that they should not see the meaning of it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
    Luke 9:44-45

    The Refrain
    For he shall give his angels charge over you,* to keep you in all your ways.

    The Morning Psalm Teach Us to Number Our Days
    For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past* and like a watch in the night. You sweep us away like a dream;* we fade away suddenly like the grass. In the morning it is green and flourishes;* in the evening it is dried up and withered. For we consume away in your displeasure;* we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation. Our iniquities you have set before you,* and our secret sins in the light of your countenance. When you are angry, all our days are gone;* we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty;* yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone. Who regards the power of your wrath?* who rightly fears your indignation? So teach us to number our days* that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
    Psalm 90:4-12

    The Refrain
    For he shall give his angels charge over you,* to keep you in all your ways.

    The Cry of the Church
    O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto you. Thanks be to God.

    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, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring us again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, 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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