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 Morning Office

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


The Call to Prayer

Love the LORD, all you who worship him;* the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily.

Psalm 31:23

The Request for Presence

O LORD, I call to you; my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry;* lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.

Psalm 28:1

The Greeting

Your way, O God, is holy;* who is as great as our God?

Psalm 77:13

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Protect my life and deliver me;* let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.

Psalm 25:19

A Reading

. . . They made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, 'The Son of man will be delivered into the power of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.' But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

Mark 9:30-32

The Refrain

Protect my life and deliver me;* let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.

The Morning Psalm

In the Shadow of Your Wings Will I Take Refuge

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you;* in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by. I will call upon the Most High God,* the God who maintains my cause. He will send from heaven and save me; he will confound those who trample upon me;* God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.

Psalm 57:1-3

The Refrain

Protect my life and deliver me;* let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.

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

Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who cares for us: Preserve me from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from me the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

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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