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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
    Let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
    Psalm 68:3

    The Request for Presence
    You are the LORD; do not withhold your compassion from me;* let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever,
    Psalm 40:12

    The Greeting
    Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God;* I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
    Psalm 71:22

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    For the LORD God is both sun and shield;* he will give grace and glory.
    Psalm 84:10

    A Reading
    That day, the root of Jesse, standing as a signal for all the peoples, will be sought out by the nations and its home will be glorious. When that day comes, the Lord will raise his hand a second time to ransom the remnant of his people . . .
    Isaiah 11:10-11

    The Refrain
    For the LORD God is both sun and shield;* he will give grace and glory.

    The Midday Psalm Your Love, O LORD, For Ever Will I Sing
    Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing;* from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness. For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever;* you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
    Psalm 89:1-2

    The Refrain
    For the LORD God is both sun and shield;* he will give grace and glory.

    The Gloria
    Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

    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, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept my prayers; and because in my weakness I can do nothing good without you, give me the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments I may please you in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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