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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 Midday Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
     
    The Call to Prayer
    Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,* and kneel before the LORD our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.* Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
    Psalm 95:6-7

    The Request for Presence
    Remember not our past sins;* let your compassion be swift to meet us.
    Psalm 79:8

    The Greeting
    Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,* because of your judgments, O LORD.
    Psalm 97:8

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    I will listen to what the LORD God is saying,* for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
    Psalm 85:8

    A Reading
    Those who forsake the law sing the praises of the wicked, those who observe the law are angered by them. The wicked do not know what justice means, those who seek YAHWEH understand everything.
    Proverbs 28:4-5

    The Refrain
    I will listen to what the LORD God is saying,* for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.

    The Midday Psalm Let Your Heart Take Courage
    How great is your goodness, O LORD! which you have laid up for those who fear you;* which you have done in the sight of all for those who put their trust in you. You hide them in the covert of your presence from those who slander them;* you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. Blessed be the LORD!* for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a besieged city. Love the LORD, all you who worship him;* the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily. Be strong and let your heart take courage,* all you who wait for the LORD.
    Psalm 31:19-21, 23-24

    The Refrain
    I will listen to what the LORD God is saying,* for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.

    The Cry of the Church
    Even so come, Lord Jesus!

    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, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; 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
    Direct me, O Lord, on all my doings with your most gracious favor, and further me with your continual help; that in all my work begun, continued, and ended in you, I may glorify your holy name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

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

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    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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