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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
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, you heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
    Traditional Doxology

    The Request for Presence
    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.
    Psalm 43:3-4

    The Greeting
    Splendor and honor and kingly power* are yours by right, O Lord our God, For you created everything that is,* and by your will they were created and have their being.
    A Song to the Lamb

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
    Psalm 84:9

    A Reading
    Jesus taught us, saying: 'Everything now covered up will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed from the housetops."
    Luke 12:2-3

    The Refrain
    For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

    The Morning Psalm Who Can Stand in His Holy Place?
    The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it,* the world and all who dwell therein. For it is he who founded it upon the seas* and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. 'Who can ascend the hill of the LORD?"* and who can stand in his holy place?" 'Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,* who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud. They shall receive a blessing from the LORD* and a just reward from the God of their salvation." Such is the generation of those who seek him,* of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
    Psalm 24:1-6

    The Refrain
    For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

    The Small Verse
    The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.
    Isaiah 9:1

    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 Father who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give me grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that I may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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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