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. 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 Morning Office

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


The Call to Prayer

Let my mouth be full of your praise* and your glory all the day long.

Psalm 71:8

The Request for Presence

Your word is a lantern to my feet* and a light upon my path.

Psalm 119:105

The Greeting

O God, you have taught me since I was young,* and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.

Psalm 71:17

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

Psalm 118:23

A Reading

On January 25, the Church celebrates the conversion of St. Paul. Called by many "the second founder of the Church," Paul was the driving force behind the spread of Christianity into the Greco-Roman world. Tradition says that he, like St. Peter, was martyred by the Emperor Nero.

From St. Paul's defense of himself before King Agrippa: "I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, in that it is before you I am to answer today all the charges made against me by the Jews, the more so because you are an expert in matters of custom and controversy among the Jews. So I beg you to listen to me patiently. As for me, I once thought it was my duty to use every means to oppose the name of Jesus the Nazarene. This I did in Jerusalem; I myself threw many of God's holy people into prison, acting on authority from the chief priests, and when they were being sentenced to death I cast my vote against them. I often went round the synagogues inflicting penalties, trying in this way to force them to renounce their faith; my fury against them was so extreme that I even pursued them into foreign cities. On such an expedition I was going to Damascus, armed with full powers and a commission from the chief priests, and in the middle of the day as I was on my way, Your Majesty, I saw a light from heaven shining more brilliantly than the sun round me and my fellow travelers. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you kicking against the goad.' Then I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And the Lord answered, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this reason: to appoint you as my servant and as witness of this vision in which you have seen me, and of others in which I shall appear to you. I shall rescue you from the people and from the nations to whom I send you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light, from the dominion of Satan to God, and receive, through faith in me, forgiveness of their sins and a share in the inheritance of the sanctified.' After that, King Agrippa, I could not disobey the heavenly vision. On the contrary, I started preaching, first to the people of Damascus, then to those of Jerusalem and all Judean territory, and also to gentiles, urging them to repent and turn to God, proving their change of heart by their deeds."

Acts 26:2-3, 9-20

The Refrain

This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Morning Psalm

Let Your Saving Ways Be Known, O LORD

May God be merciful to us and bless us,* show us the light of his countenance and come to us. Let your ways be known upon earth,* your saving health among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God;* let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,* for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God;* let all the peoples praise you. The earth has brought forth her increase;* may God, our own God, give us his blessing. May God give us his blessing,* and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

Psalm 67

The Refrain

This is the LORD's doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.

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

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, I pray, that I, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show myself thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 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.

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