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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 Night Office
    To Be Observed Before Retiring
    The Call to Prayer
    May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.†

    The Request for Presence
    Our help is in the Name of the Lord; the maker of heaven and earth.

    The Greeting
    Almighty God, my heavenly Father: I have sinned against you, through my own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, in what I have done and what I have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me all my offenses; and grant that I may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.†

    The Reading Seven Petitions to the Holy Cross
    Lord Jesus Christ, for the sake of Thy Holy Cross, be with me to shield me. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, by the memory of Thy blessed Cross, be within me to strengthen me. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, for Thy holy Cross, be ever round about me to protect me. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, for Thy glorious Cross, go before me to direct my steps. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, for Thy adorable Cross, come Thou after me to guard me. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, for Thy Cross, worthy of all praise, overshadow me to bless me. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, for Thy noble Cross, be Thou in me to lead me to Thy kingdom. Amen.
    Ancient Anglo-Saxon

    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 Psalm I Will Enter the Gates of Righteousness
    The LORD is my strength and my song,* and he has become my salvation. There is a sound of exultation and victory* in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand of the LORD has triumphed!* the right hand of the LORD is exalted! the right hand of the LORD has triumphed!" I shall not die, but live,* and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has punished me sorely,* but he did not hand me over to death. Open for me the gates of righteousness;* I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD. "This is the gate of the LORD;* he who is righteous may enter." I will give thanks to you, for you answered me* and have become my salvation. The same stone which the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes. On this day the LORD has acted;* we will rejoice and be glad in it.
    Psalm 118:14-24

    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 Small Verse
    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

    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 Petition
    Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. †

    The Final Thanksgiving
    Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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