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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
    Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding,* and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,* you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his,* in all places of his dominion . . .
    Psalm 103:20-22

    The Request for Presence
    Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High;* O LORD, judge the nations.
    Psalm 7:8

    The Greeting
    Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your Name give glory;* because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
    Psalm 115:1

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    On this day the LORD has acted;* we will rejoice and be glad in it.
    Psalm 118:24

    A Reading On September 29, the Church celebrates the role and presence of angels in the divine plan. Of these thousands, only four are named in Scripture—Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael—among whom Michael is the chief. It is he who wards off evil for the faithful and who delivers divine peace to them at the end of mortal life.
    The next day, after Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, he met Philip and said, 'Follow me.' Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, 'We have found the one of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.' Nathaniel said to him, 'From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?' Phillip replied, 'Come and see.' When Jesus saw Nathaniel coming he said of him, 'There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is no deception.' Nathaniel asked, 'How do you know me?' Jesus replied, 'Before Philip came to call you, I saw you under the fig tree.' Nathaniel answered, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.' Jesus replied, 'You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You are going to see greater things than that.' And then he added, 'In truth I tell you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.'
    John 1:43-51

    The Refrain
    On this day the LORD has acted;* we will rejoice and be glad in it.

    The Morning Psalm Bless the LORD, You Angels of His
    Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding,* and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,* you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion;* bless the LORD, O my soul.
    Psalm 103:20-22

    The Refrain
    On this day the LORD has acted;* we will rejoice and be glad in it.

    The Cry of the Church
    Let us praise the Lord, whom the Angels are praising, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim: Holy, holy, holy!
    THE SHORT BREVIARY

    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, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant me the fullness of your grace, that I, running to obtain your promises, may become a partaker of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 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.† O God, who in a wonderful order has established the ministry of Angels and of men, mercifully grant that even as Your holy Angels ever do You service in heaven, so at all times they may defend us on earth. Through our Lord. Amen.
    THE SHORT BREVIARY

     
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