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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
    Let us bless the LORD,* from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!
    based on Psalm 115:18

    The Request for Presence
    I cry out to you, O LORD;* I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
    Psalm 142:5

    The Greeting
    I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens,* and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
    Psalm 108:3-4

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

    A Reading
    Now it happened that he was praying alone, and his disciples came to him and he put this question to them, 'Who do the crowds say I am?' And they answered, 'Some say John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others again one of the ancient prophets come back to life.' 'But you,' he said to them, 'who do you say I am?' It was Peter who spoke up. 'The Christ of God,' he said. But he gave them strict orders not to say this to anyone.
    Luke 9:18-21

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

    The Morning Psalm Proclaim the Greatness of Our God
    Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God* and fall down before his footstool; he is the Holy One. Moses and Aaron among his priests,* and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;* they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them. O LORD our God, you answered them indeed;* you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds. Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God* and worship him upon his holy hill; for the LORD our God is the Holy One.
    Psalm 99:5-9

    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
    Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all people, to the glory of your Name; 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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