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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 Midday Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
     
    The Call to Prayer
    The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him,* and all who are true of heart will glory.
    Psalm 64:10

    The Request for Presence
    Show us the light of your countenance, O God,* and come to us.
    based on Psalm 67:1

    The Greeting
    Happy are the people whose strength is in you!* whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.
    Psalm 84:4

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    Happy are they who fear the LORD,* and who follow in his ways!
    Psalm 128:1

    A Reading
    Our homeland is in heaven and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 3:20

    The Refrain
    Happy are they who fear the LORD,* and who follow in his ways!

    The Midday Psalm Blessed Be God Who Has Never Withheld His Love
    Come and listen, all you who fear God,* and I will tell you what he has done for me. I called out to him with my mouth,* and his praise was on my tongue. If I had found evil in my heart,* the Lord would not have heard me; But in truth God has heard me;* he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,* nor withheld his love from me.
    Psalm 66:14-18

    The Refrain
    Happy are they who fear the LORD,* and who follow in his ways!

    The Small Verse
    Blessed be the Name of the Lord and blessed be the people who are called by it.

    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
    Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who cares for us: Preserve me from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from me the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    O God, by whose grace your servant Matthias, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church: Grant that I also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as a child of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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

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    © Copyright 2003-2004 Phyllis Tickle
    www.phyllistickle.com

    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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