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

Love the LORD, all you who worship him;* the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily.

Psalm 31:23

The Request for Presence

O LORD, I call to you; my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry;* lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.

Psalm 28:1

The Greeting

Your way, O God, is holy;* who is as great as our God?

Psalm 77:13

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Protect my life and deliver me;* let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.

Psalm 25:19

A Reading

Jesus taught the crowds, saying: 'Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods? So it uses the word "gods" of those people to whom the Word of God was addressed—and scripture cannot be set aside. Yet to someone the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, you say, "You are blaspheming," because I said, "I am Son of God." If I am not doing my Father's work, there is no need to believe in me; but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.'

John 10:34-38

The Refrain

Protect my life and deliver me;* let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.

The Morning Psalm

You Have Made the Son of Man Strong for Yourself

Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand,* the son of man you have made so strong for yourself. And so will we never turn away from you;* give us life, that we may call upon your name. Restore us, O LORD God of Hosts;* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:16-18

The Refrain

Protect my life and deliver me;* let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.

The Cry of the Church

In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, and he will hear my voice.

Psalm 55:18

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

Lord, make me have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; 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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