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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 Vespers Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m
    The Call to Prayer
    Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples;* ascribe to the LORD honor and power. Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness;* let the whole earth tremble before him.
    Psalm 96:7-9

    The Request for Presence
    O God, be not far from me.
    Psalm 71:12

    The Greeting
    I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God;* I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
    Psalm 71:22

    The Hymn The Divine Image
    To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our Father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love Is man, His child and care. For Mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And Peace the human dress. Then every man, of every clime, That prays in his distress, Prays to the human form divine, Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace. And all must love the human form, In heathen, Turk, or Jew; Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell There God is dwelling too.
    William Blake

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
    Psalm 85:10

    The Vespers Psalm He Shall Come Down like Rain upon the Mown Field
    Give the king your justice, O God,* and your righteousness to the King's son; That he may rule your people righteously* and the poor with justice; That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people,* and the little hills bring righteousness. He shall defend the needy among the people;* he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor. He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure,* from one generation to another. He shall come down like rain upon the mown field,* like showers that water the earth. In his time shall the righteous flourish;* there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more. He shall rule from sea to sea,* and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    Psalm 72:1-8

    The Refrain
    Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

    The Small Verse
    Happy are the people whose strength is in you!* whose hearts are set on the pilgrim's way, 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 84:4ff

    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 God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know my necessities before I ask and my ignorance in asking: Have compassion on my weakness, and mercifully give me those things which for my unworthiness I dare not, and for my blindness I cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son 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
    Hasten, O Father, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that all who now live by your faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

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