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

Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;* sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.

Psalm 135:3

The Request for Presence

Remember your congregation that you purchased long ago,* the tribe you redeemed to be your inheritance . . .

Psalm 74:2

The Greeting

You, O God, have heard my vows;* you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your Name.

Psalm 61:5

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Unless the LORD builds the house,* their labor is in vain who build it.

Psalm 127:1

A Reading

I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you therefore to lead a life worthy of the vocation to which you were called. With all humility and gentleness, and with patience support each other in love. Take every care to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Ephesians 4:1-6

The Refrain

Unless the LORD builds the house,* their labor is in vain who build it.

The Midday Psalm

How Good and Pleasant It Is

Oh, how good and pleasant it is,* when brethren live together in unity! It is like fine oil upon the head* that runs down upon the beard, Upon the beard of Aaron,* and runs down upon the collar of his robe. It is like the dew of Hermon* that falls upon the hills of Zion. For there the LORD has ordained the blessing:* life for evermore.

Psalm 133

The Refrain

Unless the LORD builds the house,* their labor is in vain who build it.

The Small Verse

My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD;* my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

Psalm 84:1

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

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; 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

Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father's eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end. 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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