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. By default the Divine Hours below is displayed based on Eastern Standard Time, U.S.

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

Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples;* ascribe to the LORD honor and power. Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name;* bring offerings and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness;* let the whole earth tremble before him.

Psalm 96:7ff

The Request for Presence

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,* and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling; That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness;* and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.

Psalm 43:3-4

The Greeting

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

Psalm 42:1-2

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

For who is God, but the LORD?* who is the Rock except our God?

Psalm 18:32

A Reading

Moses made this song before all the people of Israel: "Listen, heavens, while I speak; hear, earth, the words that I shall say! May my teaching fall like rain, may my word drop down like the dew, like showers on the grass, like light rain on the turf! For I shall proclaim the name of YAHWEH. Oh, I tell the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are equitable. A trustworthy God who does no wrong, he is the Honest, the Upright One!"

Deuteronomy 32:1-4

The Refrain

For who is God, but the LORD?* who is the Rock except our God?

The Morning Psalm

I Will Offer the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

O LORD, I am your servant;* I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds. I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving* and call upon the Name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD* in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the LORD's house,* in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

Psalm 116:14-17

The Refrain

For who is God, but the LORD?* who is the Rock except our God?

The Cry of the Church

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

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

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; 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

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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