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. By default the Divine Hours below is displayed based on Atlantic Standard Time, Quebec, Venezuela Standard Time.

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

Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD;* give praise, you servants of the LORD, You who stand in the house of the LORD,* in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;* sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.

Psalm 136:1-3

The Request for Presence

I have said to the LORD, "You are my God;* listen, O LORD, to my supplication."

Psalm 140:6

The Greeting

You are the LORD, most high over all the earth;* you are exalted far above all gods.

Psalm 97:9

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

The human mind and heart are a mystery; but God will loose an arrow at them,* and suddenly they will be wounded.

Psalm 64:7

A Reading

Jesus taught us, saying: 'Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will come upon you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come down on all those living on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to hold your ground before the Son of man.'

Luke 21:34-36

The Refrain

The human mind and heart are a mystery; but God will loose an arrow at them,* and suddenly they will be wounded.

The Morning Psalm

All of You Are Children of the Most High

God takes his stand in the council of heaven;* he gives judgment in the midst of the gods: "How long will you judge unjustly,* and show favor to the wicked? Save the weak and the orphan;* defend the humble and needy; Rescue the weak and the poor;* deliver them from the power of the wicked. They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness;* all the foundations of the earth are shaken. Now I say to you, 'You are gods,* and all of you children of the Most High; Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,* and fall like any prince.' " Arise, O God, and rule the earth,* for you shall take all nations for your own.

Psalm 82

The Refrain

The human mind and heart are a mystery; but God will loose an arrow at them,* and suddenly they will be wounded.

The Cry of the Church

O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help me!

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

Grant me, O Lord, to trust in you with all my heart; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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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