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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 Midday Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
    The Call to Prayer
    God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
    Psalm 118:27

    The Request for Presence
    Open my lips, O Lord* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
    Psalm 51:16

    The Greeting
    Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;* let those who love your salvation say for ever, "Great is the LORD!"
    Psalm 70:4

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    The words of the LORD are tried in the fire;* he is a shield to all who trust in him.
    Psalm 18:31

    A Reading
    So the Lord YAHWEH says this, 'Now I shall lay a stone in Zion, a granite stone, a precious cornerstone, a firm foundation stone: no one who relies on it will stumble. And I will make fair judgement the measure, and uprightness the plumb-line.'
    Isaiah 28:16-17

    The Refrain
    The words of the LORD are tried in the fire;* he is a shield to all who trust in him.

    The Midday Psalm Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
    I was glad when they said to me,* "Let us go to the house of the LORD." Now our feet are standing* within your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city* that is at unity with itself; To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD,* the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the LORD. For there are the thrones of judgment,* the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:* "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls* and quietness within your towers. For my brethren and companions' sake,* I pray for your prosperity. Because of the house of the LORD our God,* I will seek to do you good."
    Psalm 122

    The Refrain
    The words of the LORD are tried in the fire;* he is a shield to all who trust in him.

    The Cry of the Church
    Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for he has visited and delivered us. Amen, 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, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of my faith, that I may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    O God, you make me glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son my Lord: Give me this day such blessing through my worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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