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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
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;* his mercy endures for ever.
    Psalm 118:29

    The Request for Presence
    You are the LORD;* do not withhold your compassion from me; let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever.
    Psalm 40:12

    The Greeting
    There is forgiveness with you;* therefore you shall be feared.
    Psalm 130:3

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant who puts his trust in you.
    Psalm 86:2

    A Reading
    You must see what great love the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God's children-which is what we are! The reason why the world does not acknowledge us is that it did not acknowledge him. My dear friends, we are already God's children, but what we shall be in the future has not yet been revealed. We are well aware that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is.
    1 John: 1-2

    The Refrain
    Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant who puts his trust in you.

    The Midday Psalm Israel Would I Satisfy with Honey from the Rock
    Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you:* O Israel, if you would but listen to me! There shall be no strange god among you;* you shall not worship a foreign god. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said,* "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." And yet my people did not hear my voice,* and Israel would not obey me. So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts,* to follow their own devices. Oh, that my people would listen to me!* that Israel would walk in my ways! I should soon subdue their enemies* and turn my hand against their foes. Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him,* and their punishment would last for ever. But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat* and satisfy him with honey from the rock.
    Psalm 81:8-16

    The Refrain
    Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant who puts his trust in you.

    The Cry of the Church
    In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice.
    Psalm 55:18

    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
    Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church
    Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant me to so follow in faith where you have led the way, that I may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.

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