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

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous,* and give thanks to his holy Name.

Psalm 97:12

The Request for Presence

Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me,* for I am poor and in misery. Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;* save your servant who puts his trust in you.

Psalm 86:1-2

The Greeting

Blessed is the LORD!* for he has heard the voice of my prayer.

Psalm 28:7

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:6, KJV

A Reading

Jesus taught us, saying: "So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. What father among you, if his son asked for a fish, would hand him a snake? Or if he asked for an egg, hand him a scorpion? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Luke 11:9-13

The Refrain

Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

The Morning Psalm

Teach Me Discernment

O LORD, you have dealt graciously with your servant,* according to your word. Teach me discernment and knowledge,* for I have believed in your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray,* but now I keep your word. You are good and you bring forth good;* instruct me in your statutes. The proud have smeared me with lies,* but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart. Their heart is gross and fat,* but my delight is in your law. It is good for me that I have been afflicted,* that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is dearer to me* than thousands in gold and silver.

Psalm 119:65-72

The Refrain

Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

The Small Verse

My soul thirsts for the strong, living God and all that is within me cries out to him.

Traditional

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

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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