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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 Midday Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    The Call to Prayer
    Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;* sing praises to the Lord. He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;* he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
    Psalm 68:33-34

    The Request for Presence
    May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;* may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
    Psalm 104:32

    The Greeting
    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,* O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.
    Psalm 19:14

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long.
    Psalm 71:24

    A Reading
    From Jude, servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James; to those who are called, to those who are dear to God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ, mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance . . . . . . you, my dear friends, must build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves within the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. To some you must be compassionate because they are wavering; others you must save by snatching them from the fire; to others again you must be compassionate but wary, hating even the tunic stained by their bodies.
    Jude:1-2, 20-23

    The Refrain
    My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long.

    The Midday Psalm By Your Commandments You Give Me Life
    O LORD, your word is everlasting;* it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another;* you established the earth, and it abides. By your decree these continue to this day,* for all things are your servants. If my delight had not been in your law,* I should have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your commandments,* because by them you give me life. I am yours; oh, that you would save me!* for I study your commandments. Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me,* I will apply my mind to your decrees. I see that all things come to an end,* but your commandment has no bounds.
    Psalm 119:89-96

    The Refrain
    My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long.

    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
    Almighty and everlasting God, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; 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
    O God, who through Your blessed Apostles Simon and Jude have brought me to the knowledge of Your Name, grant me both to celebrate their eternal glory by making progress in virtues and by celebrating their glory, to advance in virtue. Through our Lord. Amen.
    adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY

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