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

For the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

Psalm 31:3

The Greeting

Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble,* my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.

Psalm 31:9

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Those who sowed with tears* will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,* will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Psalm 126:6-7

A Reading

On April 25, the Church celebrates the life of St. Mark. Also known as John Mark he, according to tradition, was the author of the second gospel, the companion of both Peter and Paul, and the founder of the Alexandrian Church in Egypt. His mother, Mary, was a follower of Jesus, and the "upper room" of the Last Supper was said to have been in their home. Mark was martyred in Egypt.

He said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.' And so the Lord Jesus after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven; there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.

Mark 16:15-20

The Refrain

Those who sowed with tears* will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,* will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

The Morning Psalm

Why are the nations in an uproar?* Why do the peoples mutter empty threats? Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together,* against the LORD and against his Anointed? "Let us break their yoke," they say;* "let us cast off their bonds from us." He whose throne is in heaven is laughing;* the Lord has them in derision. Then he speaks to them in his wrath,* and his rage fills them with terror. "I myself have set my king* upon my holy hill of Zion." Let me announce the decree of the LORD:* he said to me, "You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance* and the ends of the earth for your possession. You shall crush them with an iron rod* and shatter them like a piece of pottery." And now, you kings, be wise;* be warned, you rulers of the earth. Submit to the LORD with fear,* and with trembling bow before him; Lest he be angry and you perish;* for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are they all* who take refuge in him!

Psalm 2

The Refrain

Those who sowed with tears* will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,* will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

The Cry of the Church

In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice.

Psalm 55:18

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, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that I, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: I thank you for this witness, and pray that I may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †<p> 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. †

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