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

Bless God in the congregation;* bless the LORD, you that are the fountain of Israel.

Psalm 68:26

The Request for Presence

May God be merciful to us and bless us,* show us the light of his countenance and come to us.

Psalm 67:1

The Greeting

Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God,* and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 57:6

The Hymn

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, Grace that exceeds our sin and guilt, Yonder on Calvary's mount out-poured, There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt. Grace, grace, God's grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God's grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, Freely bestowed on all who believe; You that are longing to see His face, Will you this moment his grace receive? Marvelous grace, infinite grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Marvelous grace, infinite grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Julia H. Johnston

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,* which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.

Psalm 125:1

The Vespers Psalm

His Mercy Endures For Ever

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,* for his mercy endures for ever. Give thanks to the God of gods,* for his mercy endures for ever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords,* for his mercy endures for ever. Who only does great wonders,* for his mercy endures for ever; Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,* for his mercy endures for ever; And brought out Israel from among them,* for his mercy endures for ever; Who led his people through the wilderness,* for his mercy endures for ever. Who remembered us in our low estate,* for his mercy endures for ever; And delivered us from our enemies,* for his mercy endures for ever; Who gives food to all creatures,* for his mercy endures for ever. Give thanks to the God of heaven,* for his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 136:1-4, 10-11, 16, 23-26

The Refrain

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,* which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.

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 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

Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep me, I pray, from all things that may hurt me, that I, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in peace. 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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