THE DIVINE HOURS

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 based on Eastern Standard Time, U.S. You can use these links to view in another U.S. timezone:  CST  |  MST  |  PST

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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

Tremble, then, and do not sin;* speak to your heart in silence upon your bed. Offer the appointed sacrifices* and put your trust in the LORD.

Psalm 4:4-5

The Request for Presence

In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free;* incline your ear to me and save me.

Psalm 71:2

The Greeting

Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God,* and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 108:5

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

"Be still, then, and know that I am God;* I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 46:11

A Reading

From St. Peter's address before the Sanhedrin in defense of his healing of a cripple: 'Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple and asking us how he was healed, you must know, all of you, and the whole people of Israel, that it is by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, and God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man stands before you cured. This is the stone which you, the builders rejected but which has become the cornerstone. Only in him is there salvation; for of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.'

Acts 4:8-12

The Refrain

"Be still, then, and know that I am God;* I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth."

The Midday Psalm

God Is the Rock of My Trust

As often as I said, "My foot has slipped,"* your love, O LORD, upheld me. When many cares fill my mind,* your consolations cheer my soul. Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you,* one which frames evil into law? They conspire against the life of the just* and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has become my stronghold,* and my God the rock of my trust. He will turn their wickedness back upon them and destroy them in their own malice;* the LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalm 94:18-23

The Refrain

"Be still, then, and know that I am God;* I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth."

The Cry of the Church

Michael, Gabriel, Cherubim and Seraphim cease not to cry daily: You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, alleluia.

THE SHORT BREVIARY

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 God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, who gave to your servant Peter boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that I may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Divine Hours are reprinted here with permission of Doubleday and Phyllis Tickle. Not for distribution without permission from the author.
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