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

Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the LORD;* praise the Name of the LORD.

Psalm 113:1

The Request for Presence

Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness;* according to your judgments, give me life.

Psalm 119:149

The Greeting

O LORD of hosts,* happy are they who put their trust in you!

Psalm 84:12

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God;* with the forthright you show yourself forthright. With the pure you show yourself pure,* but with the crooked you are wily.

Psalm 18:26-27

A Reading

Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, you must look for the things that are above, where Christ is, sitting at God's right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed—and he is your life—you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

Colossians 3:1-4

The Refrain

With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God;* with the forthright you show yourself forthright. With the pure you show yourself pure,* but with the crooked you are wily.

The Midday Psalm

Like Trees Planted by Streams of Water

Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,* nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! Their delight is in the law of the LORD,* and they meditate on his law day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water,* bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper. It is not so with the wicked;* they are like chaff which the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes,* nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,* but the way of the wicked is doomed.

Psalm 1:1-6

The Refrain

With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God;* with the forthright you show yourself forthright. With the pure you show yourself pure,* but with the crooked you are wily.

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

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all people, to the glory of your Name; 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

O Lord, my God, accept the fervent prayers of all of us your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon me and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. 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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