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

Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding,* and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,* you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion;* bless the LORD, O my soul.

Psalm 103:20-22

The Request for Presence

I am a stranger here on earth;* do not hide your commandments from me.

Psalm 119:19

The Greeting

I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God;* I will present to you thankofferings; For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling,* that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Psalm 56:11-12

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

A Reading

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger announcing peace, of the messenger of good news, who proclaims salvation and says to Zion, 'Your God is king!' The voices of your watchmen! Now they raise their voices, shouting for joy together, for with their own eyes they have seen YAHWEH returning to Zion. Break into shouts together, shouts of joy, you ruins of Jerusalem; for YAHWEH has consoled his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. YAHWEH has bared his holy arm for all the nations to see, and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Isaiah 52:7-10

The Refrain

Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

The Midday Psalm

He Has Made the Whole World So Sure It Cannot Be Moved

The LORD is King; he has put on splendid apparel;* the LORD has put on his apparel and girded himself with strength. He has made the whole world so sure* that it cannot be moved; Ever since the world began, your throne has been established;* you are from everlasting. The waters have lifted up, O LORD, the waters have lifted up their voice;* the waters have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea,* mightier is the LORD who dwells on high. Your testimonies are very sure,* and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.

Psalm 93

The Refrain

Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

The Cry of the Church

Even so come, Lord Jesus!

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 God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that I, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

O God, who by your grace raised up blessed Mark your Evangelist to be a preacher of the Gospel, grant, I pray, that we ever may profit by his teaching and be defended by his prayers. Through our Lord. Amen. adapted from <p> O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. †

THE SHORT BREVIARY

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