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 Morning Office

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


The Call to Prayer

Come now and look upon the works of the LORD,* what awesome things he has done on earth.

Psalm 46:9

The Request for Presence

O LORD . . . answer us when we call.

Psalm 20:9

The Greeting

My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength;* for you, O God, are my stronghold.

Psalm 59:10

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

The LORD's will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.

Psalm 33:11

A Reading

Jesus said: "Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him, and make a home in him. Anyone who does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not my own: it is the word of the Father who sent me. I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you."

John 14:23-26

The Refrain

The LORD's will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.

The Morning Psalm

My Merciful God Comes to Meet Me

Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see;* for you, LORD God of hosts, are Israel's God. Awake, and punish all the ungodly;* show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil. They go to and fro in the evening;* they snarl like dogs and run about the city. Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips;* "For who," they say, "will hear us?" But you, O LORD, you laugh at them;* you laugh all the ungodly to scorn. My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength;* for you, O God, are my stronghold.

Psalm 59:5-11

The Refrain

The LORD's will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.

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

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; 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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