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

Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name;* bring offerings and come into his courts.

Psalm 96:8

The Request for Presence

Remember not our past sins;* let your compassion be swift to meet us . . . Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name;* deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.

Psalm 79:8-9

The Greeting

For your Name's sake, O LORD,* forgive my sin, for it is great.

Psalm 25:10

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD;* I called to the LORD, and he answered me.

Psalm 120:1

A Reading

A Canticle of Tobias

Blessed be God who lives for ever, for his reign endures throughout all ages! For he both punishes and pardons; he sends people down to the depths of the underworld and draws them up from utter Destruction; no one can escape his hand . . . Extol him before all the living; he is our Lord and he is our God and he is our Father and he is God for ever and ever . . . Consider how well he has treated you; loudly give him thanks. Bless the Lord of Justice and extol the King of the ages. I for my part sing his praise in the country of my exile; I make his power and greatness known to a nation that has sinned. Sinners, return to him; let your conduct be upright before him; perhaps he will be gracious to you and take pity on you. I for my part extol God and my soul rejoices in the King of heaven. Let his greatness be on every tongue his praises be sung in Jerusalem.

Tobit 13:1ff

The Refrain

When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD;* I called to the LORD, and he answered me.

The Midday Psalm

He Knows the Secrets of the Heart

If we have forgotten the Name of our God,* or stretched out our hands to some strange god, Will not God find it out?* for he knows the secrets of the heart. Indeed for your sake we are killed all the day long;* we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping?* Arise! do not reject us for ever. Why have you hidden your face* and forgotten our affliction and oppression? We sink down into the dust;* our body cleaves to the ground. Rise up, and help us,* and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

Psalm 44:20-26

The Refrain

When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD;* I called to the LORD, and he answered me.

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

Grant to me, Lord. I pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that I, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ my 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 Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant me to so follow in faith where you have led the way, that I may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. 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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