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 Morning Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.


The Call to Prayer

Be strong and let your heart take courage,* all you who wait for the LORD.

Psalm 31:24

The Request for Presence

O LORD, watch over us* and save us from this generation for ever.

Psalm 12:7

The Greeting

Restore us, O God of hosts;* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:3

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

You strengthen me more and more;* you enfold me and comfort me.

Psalm 71:21

A Reading

He sat down opposite the treasury and watched people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. Apoor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, 'In truth I tell you, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.'

Mark 12:41-44

The Refrain

You strengthen me more and more;* you enfold me and comfort me.

The Morning Psalm

He Holds Our Souls in Life

Bless our God, you peoples;* make the voice of his praise to be heard; Who holds our souls in life,* and will not allow our feet to slip. For you, O God, have proved us;* you have tried us just as silver is tried. You brought us into the snare;* you laid heavy burdens upon our backs. You let enemies ride over our heads; we went through fire and water;* but you brought us out into a place of refreshment. I will enter your house with burnt-offerings and will pay you my vows,* which I promised with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble. If I had found evil in my heart,* the Lord would not have heard me; But in truth God has heard me;* he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Psalm 66:7-12, 16-17

The Refrain

You strengthen me more and more;* you enfold me and comfort me.

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

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Heavenly Father, in you I live and have my being: I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations if my life I may not forget you, but may remember that I am ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. 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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