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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...

    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
    Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving* and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
    Psalm 95:2

    The Request for Presence
    LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;* hearken, O God of Jacob.
    Psalm 84:7

    The Greeting
    My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;* I will sing and make melody. Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp;* I myself will awaken the dawn. 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. Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God,* and your glory over all the earth.
    Psalm 57:7-11

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    "I will appoint a time," says God;* "I will judge with equity . . ."
    Psalm 75:2

    A Reading
    Jesus taught the disciples, saying: "In truth I tell you, when everything is made new again and the Son of man is seated on his throne of glory, you yourselves will sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who had left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or land for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times as much, and also inherit eternal life. Many who are first will be last, and the last, first."
    Matthew 19:28-30

    The Refrain
    "I will appoint a time," says God;* "I will judge with equity . . ."

    The Morning Psalm The LORD Awoke
    Then the LORD woke as though from sleep,* like a warrior refreshed with wine. He chose instead the tribe of Judah* and Mount Zion, which he loved. He built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven,* like the earth which he founded for ever. He chose David his servant,* and took him away from the sheepfolds. He brought him from following the ewes,* to be a shepherd over Jacob his people and over Israel his inheritance. So he shepherded them with a faithful and true heart* and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.
    Psalm 78:65, 68-72

    The Refrain
    "I will appoint a time," says God;* "I will judge with equity . . ."

    The Cry of the Church
    The LORD is a great God,* and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth,* and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,* and his hands have molded the dry land.
    The Small Verse

    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 Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, 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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