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 Vespers Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m

The Call to Prayer

Come, let us sing to the LORD;* let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving* and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God,* and a great king above all gods.

Psalm 95:1-3

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

Your testimonies are very sure,* and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.

Psalm 93:6

The Hymn

A Prayer on Freedom

Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. I was a sinner just like you, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. I prayed and mourned till I came through, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. I never shall forget the day, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. When Jesus washed my sins away, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. The very time I thought I was lost, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. My dungeon shook and my chains fell off Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. This is religion, I do know, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last. For I never felt such a love before, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last.


The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

God is my shield and defense;* he is the savior of the true in heart.

Psalm 7:11

The Vespers Psalm

You Are My Refuge, My Portion in the Land of the Living

I cry to you,OLORD;* I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Listen to my cry for help, for I have been brought very low;* save me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your Name;* when you have dealt bountifully with me, the righteous will gather around me.

Psalm 71:19-21

The Refrain

God is my shield and defense;* he is the savior of the true in heart.

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

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon all your faithful people your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayers of the Church

Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in your Son's Name: I beseech you mercifully to incline your ear to me who have made my prayers and supplications to you; and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked according to your will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of my necessity, and to the setting forth of your glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace. 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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