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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 Vespers Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m
    The Call to Prayer
    Be joyful in God, all you lands;* sing the glory of his Name; sing the glory of his praise. Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! . . . All the earth bows down before you,* sings to you, sings out your Name."
    Psalm 66:1-3

    The Request for Presence
    Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us,* as we have put our trust in you.
    Psalm 33:22

    The Greeting
    Blessed is the LORD!* for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
    Psalm 28:7

    The Hymn
    How often, Lord, your face has shone On doubting souls whose wills were true! You Christ of Peter and of John You are the Christ of Thomas too. He loved you well, and firmly said, "Come, let us go, and die with him"; Yet when your Easter news was spread, Mid all its light his faith was dim. His brethren's word he would not take, But craved to touch those hands of thine; When you did your appearance make, He saw, and hailed his Lord Divine. He saw you risen; at once he rose To full belief's unclouded height; And still through his confession flows To Christian souls your life and light. O Savior, make your presence known To all who doubt your Word and thee; And teach us in that Word alone To find the truth that sets us free.
    adapted from William Bright

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    Turn again to your rest, O my soul,* for the LORD has treated you well. For you have rescued my life from death,* my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
    Psalm 116:6-7

    The Vespers Psalm I Will Declare Your Name to My Brethren
    I am poured out like water,* all my bones are out of joint; my heart within my breast is melting wax. My mouth is dried out like a pot-shard; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;* and you have laid me in the dust of the grave. Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me;* they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me;* they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing. Be not far away, O LORD;* you are my strength; hasten to help me. Save me from the sword,* my life from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion's mouth,* my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls. I will declare your Name to my brethren;* in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
    Psalm 22:14-21

    The Refrain
    Turn again to your rest, O my soul,* for the LORD has treated you well. For you have rescued my life from death,* my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.

    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
    Purify my conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in me a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    Almighty God, you have surrounded me with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that I, encouraged by the good example of your servant Thomas, may persevere in running the race that is set before me, until at last I may with him attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Grant me and all of your people the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

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

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