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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 Morning Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.
    The Call to Prayer
    I will call upon God,* and the LORD will deliver me. God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me.
    Psalm 55:17, 20

    The Request for Presence
    Our God will come and will not keep silence;* before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
    Psalm 50:3

    The Greeting
    For your Name's sake, O LORD,* forgive my sin, for it is great.
    Psalm 25:10

    The Refrain for the Morning Lessons
    Help me, O LORD my God;* save me for your mercy's sake.
    Psalm 109:25

    A Reading
    Jesus said: "For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. No one who believes in him will be judged; but whoever does not believe in him is judged already, because that person does not believe in the Name of God's only Son."
    John 3:17-19

    The Refrain
    Help me, O LORD my God;* save me for your mercy's sake.

    The Morning Psalm Let Them Offer a Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
    He sent forth his word and healed them* and saved them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy* and the wonders he does for his children. Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving* and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

    The Refrain
    Help me, O LORD my God;* save me for your mercy's sake.

    The Cry of the Church
    O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help 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
    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
    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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