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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
    Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD;* shout for joy, all who are true of heart.
    Psalm 32:12

    The Request for Presence
    Open my eyes, that I may see* the wonders of your law.
    Psalm 119:18

    The Greeting
    With my whole heart I seek you;* let me not stray from your commandments.
    Psalm 119:10

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    I hate those who have a divided heart,* but your law do I love.
    Psalm 119:113

    A Reading
    Jesus said to the people: ". . . what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who was advancing against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple without giving up all that he owns."
    Luke 14:31-33

    The Refrain
    I hate those who have a divided heart,* but your law do I love.

    The Morning Psalm He Brought Them to the Harbor They Were Bound for
    They beheld the works of the LORD* and his wonder in the deep. Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose,* which tossed high the waves of the sea. They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;* their hearts melted because of their peril. They reeled and staggered like drunkards* and were at their wits' end. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,* and he delivered them from their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper* and quieted the waves of the sea. Then they were glad because of the calm,* and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy* and the wonders he does for his children. Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people* and praise him in the council of the elders.
    Psalm 107:23-32

    The Refrain
    I hate those who have a divided heart,* but your law do I love.

    The Small Verse
    The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He has settled me.

    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 Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, 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.

    Be sure to check out Phyllis Responds, answers to questions about The Divine Hours™.

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