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. 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

Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples;* ascribe to the LORD honor and power. Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name;* bring offerings and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness;* let the whole earth tremble before him. Tell it out among the nations: "The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."

Psalm 96:7-10

The Request for Presence

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock;* shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim. In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh,* stir up your strength and come to help us. Restore us, O God of hosts;* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:1-3

The Greeting

Into your hands I commend my spirit,* for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.

Psalm 31:5

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD!* happy the people he has chosen to be his own!

Psalm 33:12

A Reading

Do not absent yourself from your own assemblies, as some do, but encourage each other; the more so as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:25

The Refrain

Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD!* happy the people he has chosen to be his own!

The Midday Psalm

May They Prosper Who Love You

I was glad when they said to me,* "Let us go to the house of the LORD." Now our feet are standing* within your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city* that is at unity with itself; To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD,* the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the LORD. For there are the thrones of judgment,* the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:* "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls* and quietness within your towers. For my brethren and companions' sake,* I pray for your prosperity. Because of the house of the LORD our God,* I will seek to do you good."

Psalm 122

The Refrain

Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD!* happy the people he has chosen to be his own!

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, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our 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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