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 Standard Time, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, and Costa Rica.

You may find it helpful to read the introduction by the author, Phyllis Tickle.


The Midday Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m


The Call to Prayer

Sing to the LORD with the harp,* with the harp and the voice of song. With trumpets and the sound of the horn* shout with joy before the King, the LORD.

Psalm 98:6-7

The Request for Presence

Show us the light of your countenance, O God,* and come to us.

based on Psalm 67:1

The Greeting

O LORD, what are we that you should care for us?* mere mortals that you should think of us? We are like a puff of wind;* our days are like a passing shadow.

Psalm 144:3-4

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands;* lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.

Psalm 98:5

A Reading

And let us never slacken in doing good; for if we do not give up, we shall have our harvest in due time. So then, as long as we have the opportunity let all our actions be for the good of everybody, and especially of those who belong to the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

The Refrain

Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands;* lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.

Psalm 98:5

The Midday Psalm

He That Planted the Ear, Does He Not Hear?

O LORD God of vengeance,* O God of vengeance, show yourself. Rise up, O Judge of the world;* give the arrogant their just deserts. How long shall the wicked, O LORD,* how long shall the wicked triumph? They bluster in their insolence;* all evildoers are full of boasting. They crush your people, O LORD,* and afflict your chosen nation. They murder the widow and the stranger* and put the orphans to death. Yet they say, "The LORD does not see,* the God of Jacob takes no notice." Consider well, you dullards among the people;* when will you fools understand? He that planted the ear, does he not hear?* he that formed the eye, does he not see? He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish?* he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge? The LORD knows our human thoughts;* how like a puff of wind they are. Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord!* whom you teach out of your law; To give them rest in evil days,* until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the LORD will not abandon his people,* nor will he forsake his own. For judgment will again be just,* and all the true of heart will follow it.

Psalm 94:1-15

The Refrain

Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands;* lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.

Psalm 98:5

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

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

Almighty and everlasting God, who willed that our Savior should take upon Him our flesh and suffer death upon the Cross, that all mankind should follow the example of His great humility, mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of His patience and also be made partakers of His resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.

adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY

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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