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

Let us make a vow to the LORD our God and keep it;* let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy to be feared.

Psalm 76:11

The Request for Presence

Let my cry come before you, O LORD;* give me understanding, according to your word. Let my supplication come before you;* deliver me, according to your promise.

Psalm 119:169-170

The Greeting

I will offer you a freewill sacrifice* and praise your Name, O LORD, for it is good.

Psalm 54:6

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

How sweet are your words to my taste!* they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

Psalm 119:103

A Reading

Jesus taught us, saying: "So always treat others as you like them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets."

Matthew 7:12

The Refrain

How sweet are your words to my taste!* they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

The Morning Psalm

Happy Are Those Who Always Do What Is Right

Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,* for his mercy endures for ever. Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD* or show forth all his praise? Happy are those who act with justice* and always do what is right! Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people,* and visit me with your saving help; That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people,* that I may glory with your inheritance.

Psalm 106:1-5

The Refrain

How sweet are your words to my taste!* they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

The Cry of the Church

O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help me!

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

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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