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 Central European Time / European Central Time (CET, ECT).

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

LORD, how great are your works!* your thoughts are very deep. The dullard does not know, nor does the fool understand,* that though the wicked grow like weeds, and all the workers of iniquity flourish, They flourish only to be destroyed for ever;* but you, O LORD, are exalted for evermore.

Psalm 55:17ff

The Request for Presence

Out of the depths I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice;* let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

Psalm 130:1

The Greeting

LORD, how great are your works!* your thoughts are very deep. The dullard does not know, nor does the fool understand,* that though the wicked grow like weeds, and all the workers of iniquity flourish, They flourish only to be destroyed for ever;* but you, O LORD, are exalted for evermore.

Psalm 92:5-7

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

I will cry aloud to God;* I will cry aloud, and he will hear me.

Psalm 77:1

A Reading

Heal me, YAHWEH, and I shall be healed, save me and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.

Jeremiah 17:14

The Refrain

I will cry aloud to God;* I will cry aloud, and he will hear me.

The Midday Psalm

Steadfast Love Is Yours, O LORD

Put your trust in him always, O people,* pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge. Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath,* even those of low estate cannot be trusted. On the scale they are lighter than a breath,* all of them together. Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride;* though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it. God has spoken once, twice have I heard it,* that power belongs to God. Steadfast love is yours, O LORD,* for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Psalm 62:9-14

The Refrain

I will cry aloud to God;* I will cry aloud, and he will hear me.

The Cry of the Church

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

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 Prayer of the Church

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant me to so follow in faith where you have led the way, that I may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. 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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