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 Morning Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.

The Call to Prayer

Let us bless the LORD,* from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!

based on Psalm 115:18

The Request for Presence

I cry out to you, O LORD,* I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."

Psalm 142:5

The Greeting

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens,* and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Psalm 108:3-4

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

For the LORD God is both sun and shield;* he will give grace and glory.

Psalm 84:10

A Reading

Jesus queried us, saying: "How can people maintain that the Christ is son of David? Why, David himself says in the Book of Psalms: The Lord declared to my Lord, take your seat at my right hand, till I have made your enemies your footstool. David here calls him Lord; how then can he be his son?"

Luke 20:41-44

The Refrain

For the LORD God is both sun and shield;* he will give grace and glory.

Psalm 84:10

The Morning Psalm

Sound the Timbrel, the Merry Harp, and the Lyre

Sing with joy to God our strength* and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob. Raise a song and sound the timbrel,* the merry harp, and the lyre. Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon,* and at the full moon, the day of our feast. For this is a statute for Israel,* a law of the God of Jacob.

Psalm 81:1-4

The Refrain

For the LORD God is both sun and shield;* he will give grace and glory.

Psalm 84:10

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 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, whose will it is to restore all things in your wellbeloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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.

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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