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 UTC -3 (BRT, CLST, ART, UYT, ADT, and more.

You may find it helpful to read the introduction by the author, Phyllis Tickle.


The Night Office

To Be Observed Before Retiring


The Call to Prayer

May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.&#8224

The Request for Presence

Our help is in the Name of the Lord; the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 124:8

The Greeting

Almighty God, my heavenly Father: I have sinned against you, through my own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, in what I have done and what I have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me all my offenses; and grant that I may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.&#8224

The Reading

The Rising

Let us go forth, In the goodness of our merciful Father, In the gentleness of our brother Jesus, In the radiance of his Holy Spirit, In the faith of the apostles, In the joyful praise of the angels, In the holiness of the saints, In the courage of the martyrs. Let us go forth, In the wisdom of our all-seeing Father, In the patience of our all-loving brother, In the truth of the all-knowing Spirit, In the learning of the apostles, In the gracious guidance of the angels, In the patience of the saints, In the self-control of the martyrs. Such is the path of all servants of Christ, The path from death to eternal life.

from CELTIC PRAYERS

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 Psalm

Your Loving-kindness Is Greater Than the Heavens

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you;* in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by. My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;* I will sing and make melody. Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp;* I myself will waken the dawn. I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praise to you among the nations. For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens,* and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God,* and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 57:1, 7-11

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 Small Verse

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.&#8224

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 Petition

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. &#8224

The Final Thanksgiving

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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