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    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 (Printer Friendly | Baby Boomer | Mobile Device ) based on Eastern Standard Time, U.S. however, you can now localize The Divine Hours.

    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
    Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,* and kneel before the LORD, our Maker. For he is our God,* and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. . . .
    Psalm 95:6-7

    The Request for Presence
    You are my crag and my stronghold;* for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
    Psalm 31:3

    The Greeting
    Hosanna, LORD, hosanna!* LORD, send us now success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;* we bless you from the house of the LORD. God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
    Psalm 118:25-27

    The Refrain for the Midday Lessons
    As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the LORD are tried in the fire;* he is a shield to all who trust in him.
    Psalm 18:31

    A Reading
    Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire—with whatever is good and praiseworthy. Keep doing everything you learned from me and were told by me and have heard or seen me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
    Phillipians 4:8-9

    The Refrain
    As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the LORD are tried in the fire;* he is a shield to all who trust in him.

    The Midday Psalm The Righteous Shall Flourish Like a Palm Tree
    The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,* and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD* shall flourish in the courts of our God; They shall still bear fruit in old age;* they shall be green and succulent; That they may show how upright the LORD is,* my Rock, in whom there is no fault.
    Psalm 92:11-14

    The Refrain
    As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the LORD are tried in the fire;* he is a shield to all who trust in him.

    The Cry of the Church
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

    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 Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your servant who calls upon you, and grant that I may know and understand what things I ought to do, and that I also may have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; 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
    Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we ask: Help me to ask only what accords with your will; and those good things which I dare not, or in my blindness cannot ask, grant me for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

    Be sure to check out Phyllis Responds, answers to questions about The Divine Hours™.

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