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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 Morning Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.
    The Call to Prayer
    Bless God in the congregation;* bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
    Psalm 68:26

    The Request for Presence
    Turn to me and have pity on me,* for I am left alone and in misery. The sorrows of my heart have increased;* bring me out of my troubles. Look upon my adversity and misery* and forgive me all my sin.
    Psalm 25:15-17

    The Greeting
    O LORD, I cry to you for help;* in the morning my prayer comes before you.
    Psalm 88:14

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high,* but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
    Psalm 113:5

    A Reading
    Jesus taught us, saying: 'Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.'
    Matthew 7:13-14

    The Refrain
    Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high,* but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?

    The Morning Psalm Then Would the Waters Have Overwhelmed Us
    If the LORD had not been on our side,* let Israel now say; If the LORD had not been on our side,* when enemies rose up against us; Then would they have swallowed us up alive* in their fierce anger toward us; Then would the waters have overwhelmed us* and the torrent gone over us; Then would the raging waters* have gone over us. Blessed be the LORD!* he has not given us over to be prey for their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler;* the snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the Name of the LORD,* the maker of heaven and earth.
    Psalm 124:1-8

    The Refrain
    Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high,* but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?

    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 Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your servant who calls upon you, and grant that I may know and understand what things I ought to do, and that I also may have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; 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.

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