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. The Divine Hours below is displayed based on Australian Capital Territory Time (ACT).

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

Hallelujah! Sing to the LORD a new song;* sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful. Let Israel rejoice in his Maker;* let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his Name in the dance;* let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes pleasure in his people* and adorns the poor with victory.

Psalm 149:1-4

The Request for Presence

Restore us, O God of hosts;* show me the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:7

The Greeting

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your Name give glory;* because of your love and because of your faithfulness.

Psalm 115:1

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne;* love and truth go before your face.

Psalm 89:14

A Reading

Seek YAHWEH while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked abandon his way, and the evil one his thoughts. Let him turn back to YAHWEH who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiveness; for my thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways, declares YAHWEH. For the heavens are as high above the earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:6-9

The Refrain

Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne;* love and truth go before your face.

The Midday Psalm

A Song of Comfort

With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God;* with the forthright you show yourself forthright. With the pure you show yourself pure,* but with the crooked you are wily. You will save a lowly people,* but you will humble the haughty eyes.

Psalm 18:26-28

The Refrain

Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne;* love and truth go before your face.

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

Holy Father, creator and sustaining wisdom of all that is, both in heaven and on earth, take from me those thoughts, actions and objects that are hurtful. Give me instead those things that are profitable for me and all who seek rightly to praise you. I ask this grace in the company of all believers and through the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who is, with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

God, you have prepared in peace the path I must follow today. Help me to walk straight on that path. If I speak, remove lies from my lips. If I am hungry, take away from me all complaint. If I have plenty, destroy pride in me. May I go through the day calling on you, you, O Lord, who know no other Lord.

Ethiopian Prayer

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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