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 Vespers Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer

Be joyful in God, all you lands;* sing the glory of his Name; sing the glory of his praise. Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! . . . All the earth bows down before you,* sings to you, sings out your Name."

Psalm 66:1-3

The Request for Presence

Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us,* as we have put our trust in you.

Psalm 33:22

The Greeting

Blessed is the LORD!* for he has heard the voice of my prayer.

Psalm 28:7

The Hymn

What Wondrous Love Is This

What wondrous Love is this, O my soul, O my soul, What wondrous Love is this, O my soul! What wondrous Love is this that caused the Lord of bliss To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul! When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul. To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing, To God and to the Lamb I will sing; To God and to the Lamb who is the great I Am, While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing; While millions join the theme, I will sing! And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on, And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on; And when from death I'm free, I'll sing and joyful be, And through eternity, I'll sing on, I'll sing on, And through eternity, I'll sing on!

American Folk Song

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Turn again to your rest, O my soul,* for the LORD has treated you well. For you have rescued my life from death,* my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.

Psalm 116:6-7

The Vespers Psalm

You Are with Me

The LORD is my shepherd;* I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures* and leads me beside still waters. He revives my soul* and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;* for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;* you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,* and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

The Refrain

Turn again to your rest, O my soul,* for the LORD has treated you well. For you have rescued my life from death,* my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.

Psalm 116:6-7

The Cry of the Church

O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto you. Thanks be to God.

THE SHORT BREVIARY

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

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant me so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that I may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Grant me and all of your people the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. 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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