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 Hawaii Standard Time.

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

Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Psalm 51:16

The Request for Presence

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,* for you are my crag and my stronghold.

Psalm 31:3

The Greeting

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everlasting Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises O God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Phos Hilaron

The Hymn

Praise the Savior's Glory

I shall praise the Savior's glory, Of his flesh the mystery sing, And the blood, all price excelling, Shed by our immortal King: God made man for our salvation, Who from Virgin pure did spring. Born for us and for us given, Born a man like us below, Christ as man with man residing, Lived the seed of truth to sow, Suffered bitter death unflinching, And immortal love did show. To the everlasting Father And his Son who reigns on high, With the Holy Ghost proceeding Forth from each eternally, Be all honor, glory, blessing, Power and endless majesty.

St. Thomas Aquinas

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

In God the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid,* for what can mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:10

The Vespers Psalm

Tremble at the Presence of the LORD

When Israel came out of Egypt,* the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech, Judah became God's sanctuary* and Israel his dominion. The sea beheld it and fled;* Jordan turned and went back. The mountains skipped like rams,* and the little hills like young sheep. What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?* O Jordan, that you turned back? You mountains, that you skipped like rams?* you little hills like young sheep? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD,* at the presence of the God of Jacob, Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water* and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

Psalm 114

The Refrain

In God the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid,* for what can mortals do to me?

The Cry of the Church

Into your hands I commend my spirit for you have redeemed me, O God of my life. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the comforting Spirit.


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

The Prayer Appointed for the Week O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that I, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your holy martyr Mark: Grant to me, your humble servant, a like faith and power of love, that I who rejoice in his triumph may profit by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. † O God, you have brought me near to an innumerable company of angels, and to the spirits of just men made perfect: Grant me during my earthly pilgrimage to abide in their fellowship, and in your heavenly country to become partakers of their joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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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