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 Morning Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.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.

Psalm 95:1-2

The Request for Presence

LORD, God of hosts, hear my prayer;* hearken, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 84:7

The Greeting

The LORD lives! Blessed is my rock!* Exalted is the God of my salvation! Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O LORD,* and sing praises to your name.

Psalm 18:46ff

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;* I will sing and make melody.

Psalm 57:7

A Reading

Jesus said: 'I am the Way, I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.'

John 14:6-7

The Refrain

My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;* I will sing and make melody.

The Morning Psalm

This Is the Gate of the LORD

Open for me the gates of righteousness;* I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD. "This is the gate of the LORD;* he who is righteous may enter." I will give thanks to you, for you answered me* and have become my salvation. The same stone that the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD'S doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes. On this day the LORD has acted;* we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:19-24

The Refrain

My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;* I will sing and make melody.

The Small Verse

Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, In whom the world rejoices, Who from our mothers' arms Has blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love And still is ours today.

Martin Rinkart

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

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my 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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