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

Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful;* when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me. Tremble, then, and do not sin;* speak to your heart in silence upon your bed. Offer the appointed sacrifices* and put your trust in the LORD.

Psalm 4:3-5

The Request for Presence

O LORD, do not forsake me;* be not far from me, O my God. Make haste to help me,* O Lord of my salvation.

Psalm 38:21-22

The Greeting

As the deer longs for the water-brooks,* so longs my soul for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1

The Hymn

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee; I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be, May richer, fuller be. O joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not in vain That morn shall tearless be, That morn shall tearless be. O light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee; My heart restores its borrowed ray, That in Thy sunshine's blaze its day May brighter, fairer be, May brighter, fairer be. O cross that lifts up my head, I dare not ask to fly from Thee; I lay in dust life's glory dead, And from the ground there blossoms red Life that shall endless be, Life that shall endless be.

Rev. George Matheson

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

The same stone that the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone.

Psalm 118:22

The Vespers Psalm

Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit

In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;* deliver me in your righteousness. Incline your ear to me;* make haste to deliver me. Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold;* for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me. Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,* for you are my tower of strength. Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me,* O LORD, O God of truth.

Psalm 31:1-5

The Refrain

The same stone that the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone.

The Small Verse

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance; Govern and uphold me, now and always. Day by day I bless you; I praise your Name for ever. Lord, keep me from all sin today; Have mercy on me, Lord, have mercy. Lord, show me your love and mercy; For I put my trust in you. In you, Lord, is my hope; And I shall never hope in vain.

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

Lord, make me have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; 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

Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,* nor withheld his love from me.

Psalm 66:18

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