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 Afghanistan Time (AFT).

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

The LORD is King; let the earth rejoice;* let the multitude of the isles be glad.

Psalm 97:1

The Request for Presence

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock;* shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

Psalm 80:1

The Greeting

Yours is the day, yours also is the night;* you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth;* you made both summer and winter.

Psalm 74:15-16

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

The earth, O LORD, is full of your love;* instruct me in your statutes.

Psalm 119:64

A Reading

On each of us God's favor has been bestowed in whatever way Christ allotted it . . . And to some, his 'gift' was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; to knit God's holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ, until we all reach a unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God and form the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.

Ephesians 4:7, 11-13

The Refrain

The earth, O LORD, is full of your love;* instruct me in your statutes.

The Midday Psalm

The Righteous Shall Flourish Like a Palm Tree

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,* and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD* shall flourish in the courts of our God; They shall still bear fruit in old age;* they shall be green and succulent; That they may show how upright the LORD is,* my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

Psalm 92:11-14

The Refrain

The earth, O LORD, is full of your love;* instruct me in your statutes.

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, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; 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

O God, you make me glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son my Lord: Give me this day such blessing through my worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; 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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