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 Eastern Standard Time, U.S.

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

Come and listen, all you who fear God,* and I will tell you what he has done for me.

Psalm 66:14

The Request for Presence

O God, be not far from me;* come quickly to help me, O my God.

Psalm 71:12

The Greeting

You have showed me great troubles and adversities,* but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.

Psalm 71:20

The Hymn

Go to Dark Gethsemane

Go to dark Gethsemane, you that feel the tempter's power; Your Redeemer's conflict see, Watch with him one bitter hour. Turn not from his griefs away; learn of Jesus Christ to pray. See him at the judgment hall, beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned; O the worm-wood and the Gall! O the pangs his soul sustained! Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; learn of Christ to bear the cross. Calvary's mournful mountain climb; there, adoring at his feet, Mark that miracle of time, God's own sacrifice complete. "It is finished!" hear him cry; learn of Jesus Christ to die. Early hasten to the tomb where they laid his breathless clay; All is solitude and gloom. Who has taken him away? Christ is risen! He meets our eyes; Savior, teach us so to rise.

James Montgomery

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,* from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

Psalm 71:4

The Vespers Psalm

As for Me, I Am Poor and Needy

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me;* O LORD, make haste to help me. Let those who seek my life be ashamed and altogether dismayed;* let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and be disgraced. Let those who say to me "Aha!" and gloat over me turn back,* because they are ashamed. 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

The Refrain

Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,* from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

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

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty and everlasting God, grant that we may celebrate the mysteries of our Lord's Passion in such a manner as to deserve Your pardon. Through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.

adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY

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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