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 Vespers Office

To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer

The LORD is my strength and my shield;* my heart trusts him, and I have been helped; Therefore my heart dances for joy,* and in my song I will praise him.

Psalm 28:8-9

The Request for Presence

Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me;* O LORD, be my helper.

Psalm 30:11

The Greeting

Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens;* you have done great things; who is like you, O God?

Psalm 71:19

The Hymn

More Holiness Give Me

More holiness give me, more striving within; More patience in suffering, more sorrow for sin; More faith in my Savior, more sense of his care; More joy in his service, more purpose in prayer. More gratitude give me, more trust in the Lord; More pride in his glory, more hope in his word; More tears for his sorrows, more pain at his grief; More meekness in trial, more praise for relief. More purity give me, more strength to overcome; More freedom from earth-stains, more longings for home; More fit for the kingdom, more used would I be; More blessed and holy, more, Savior, like Thee.

Philip Bliss

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people,* and visit me with your saving help.

Psalm 106:4

The Vespers Psalm

Who Can Ascend the Hill of the LORD?

The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it,* the world and all who dwell therein. For it is he who founded it upon the seas* and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. "Who can ascend the hill of the LORD?* and who can stand in his holy place?" "Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,* who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud. They shall receive a blessing from the LORD* and a just reward from the God of their salvation." Such is the generation of those who seek him,* of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 24:1-6

The Refrain

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people,* and visit me with your saving help.

The Gloria

Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia.* Amen.

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.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

O God, you have caused the holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that I, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. 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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