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

    The Request for Presence
    Let my cry come before you, O LORD;* give me understanding, according to your word. Let my supplication come before you;* deliver me, according to your promise.
    Psalm 119:169-170

    The Greeting
    How priceless is your love, O God!* your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. They feast upon the abundance of your house;* you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the well of life,* and in your light we see light.
    Psalm 36:7-9

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
    Psalm 85:10

    A Reading
    Someone who thinks himself important, when he is not, only deceives himself; but everyone is to examine his own achievements, then he will confine his boasting to his own achievements, not comparing them with anybody else's. Each one has his own load to carry.
    Galations 6:3-5

    The Refrain
    Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

    The Midday Psalm Happy Are the People Whose God Is the LORD
    May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth,* and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace. May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops;* may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands; may our cattle be fat and sleek. May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile,* no wailing in the public squares. Happy are the people of whom this is so!* happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
    Psalm 144:13-16

    The Refrain
    Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

    The Small Verse
    Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. Christ, be merciful to me, a sinner. Father, be merciful to me, a sinner. Spirit, be merciful to me, a sinner. Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.

    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
    Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in my heart the love of your Name; increase in me true religion; nourish me with all goodness; and bring forth in me the fruit of good works; 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
    Let us bless the Lord God living and true! Let us always render him praise, glory, honor, blessing, and all good things! Amen. Amen. So be it! So be it!
    St. Francis of Assisi

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