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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 Vespers Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m
    The Call to Prayer
    Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;* make music to our God upon the harp.
    Psalm 147:7

    The Request for Presence
    Let your countenance shine upon your servant* and teach me your statutes.
    Psalm 119:135

    The Greeting
    How glorious you are!* more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
    Psalm 76:4

    The Hymn
    Hark! The glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long: let every heart prepare a throne, and every voice a song. He comes, the broken heart to bind, the bleeding soul to cure; and with the treasures of his grace to enrich the humble poor. He comes, the prisoners to release in Satan's bondage held; the gates of brass before him burst, the iron fetters yield. Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace, your welcome shall proclaim; and heaven's eternal arches ring with your beloved Name.
    Phillip Doddridge

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing;* from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
    Psalm 89:1

    The Vespers Psalm Send Out Your Light and Your Truth
    Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,* and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling; That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness;* and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God. Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?* and why are you so disquieted within me? Put your trust in God;* for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
    Psalm 43:3-6

    The Refrain
    Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing;* from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
    Psalm 89:1

    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
    Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father's eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end. Amen.

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