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 Midday Office

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

The Call to Prayer

Let Israel rejoice in his Maker;* let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Psalm 149:2

The Request for Presence

Make me understand the way of your commandments,* that I may meditate on your marvelous works.

Psalm 119:27

The Greeting

How deep I find your thoughts, O God!* how great is the sum of them!

Psalm 139:16

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant whose trust is in you.

based on Psalm 86:2

A Reading

Take courage, my children, call on God: he will deliver you from tyranny, from the clutches of your enemies; for I look to the Eternal for your rescue, and joy has come to me from the Holy One at the mercy soon to reach you from your Savior, the Eternal.

Baruch 4:21-22

The Refrain

Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant whose trust is in you.

The Midday Psalm

You Are My Helper and My Deliverer

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me;* O LORD, make haste to help me. Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;* let those who love your salvation say for ever, "Great is the LORD!" But as for me, I am poor and needy;* come to me speedily, O God. You are my helper and my deliverer;* O LORD, do not tarry.

Psalm 70:1, 4-6

The Refrain

Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant whose trust is in you.

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 merciful God, in your goodness keep me, I pray, from all things that may hurt me, that I, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father's eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end. Amen.


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