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 Midday Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m


The Call to Prayer

Praise the LORD, O my soul!* I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to God while I have my being.

Psalm 146:1

The Request for Presence

Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down;* touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Hurl the lightning and scatter them;* shoot out your arrows and rout them. Stretch out your hand from on high;* rescue me and deliver me from the great waters, from the hand of foreign peoples, Whose mouths speak deceitfully* and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.

Psalm 144:5-8

The Greeting

To you I lift up my eyes,* to you enthroned in the heavens. As the eyes of the servants look to the hand of their masters,* and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God,* until he shows us his mercy.

Psalm 123:1-3

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Into your hands I commend my spirit,* for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.

Psalm 31:5

A Reading

Children, do not let anyone lead you astray. Whoever acts uprightly is upright, just as He is upright.

I John 3:7

The Refrain

Into your hands I commend my spirit,* for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.

The Midday Psalm

I Will Walk in the Presence of the LORD

Gracious is the LORD and righteous;* our God is full of compassion. The LORD watches over the innocent;* I was brought very low, and he helped me. Turn again to your rest, O my soul,* for the LORD has treated you well. For you have rescued my life from death,* my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling. I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living.

Psalm 116:4-8

The Refrain

Into your hands I commend my spirit,* for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.

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

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, 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 eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept my prayers, and strengthen me to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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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