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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
    Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD,* give praise, you servants of the LORD, You who stand in the house of the LORD,* in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;* sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.
    Psalm 136:1-3

    The Request for Presence
    I have said to the LORD, "You are my God;* listen, O LORD, to my supplication."
    Psalm 140:6

    The Greeting
    You are the LORD, most high over all the earth;* you are exalted far above all gods.
    Psalm 97:9

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    The human mind and heart are a mystery; but God will loose an arrow at them,* and suddenly they will be wounded.
    Psalm 64:7

    A Reading
    Jesus said: "Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
    Luke 10:22

    The Refrain
    The human mind and heart are a mystery; but God will loose an arrow at them,* and suddenly they will be wounded.
    Psalm 64:7

    The Morning Psalm My Heart Shall Meditate on Understanding
    Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all you who dwell in the world,* you of high degree and low, rich and poor together. My mouth shall speak of wisdom,* and my heart shall meditate on understanding. I will incline my ear to a proverb* and set forth my riddle upon the harp. Why should I be afraid in evil days,* when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me, The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods,* and boast of their great riches? We can never ransom ourselves,* or deliver to God the price of our life; For the ransom of our life is so great,* that we should never have enough to pay it, In order to live for ever and ever,* and never see the grave. For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish* and leave their wealth to those who come after them. Their graves shall be their homes for ever, their dwelling places from generation to generation,* though they call the lands after their own names. Even though honored, they cannot live for ever;* they are like the beasts that perish.
    Psalm 49:1-14

    The Refrain
    The human mind and heart are a mystery; but God will loose an arrow at them,* and suddenly they will be wounded.
    Psalm 64:7

    The Cry of the Church
    O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help me!

    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
    Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant me so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that I may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; 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.

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

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