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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 Vespers Office
    To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m
     
    The Call to Prayer
    Sing to the LORD a new song;* sing to the LORD, all the whole earth. Sing to the LORD and bless his Name;* proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations* and his wonders among all peoples.
    Psalm 96:1-3

    The Request for Presence
    Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God,* and your glory over all the earth.
    Psalm 57:6

    The Greeting
    I will offer you a freewill sacrifice* and praise your Name, O LORD, for it is good. For you have rescued me from every trouble.*
    Psalm 54:6-7

    The Hymn Your Holy Wings
    Your holy wings, O Savior, spread gently over me, And let me rest securely through good and ill in thee. O be my strength and portion, my rock and hiding place, And let my every moment be lived within your grace. O wash me in the water's of Noah's cleansing flood; Give me a willing spirit, a heart both clean and good. And take into your keeping your children great and small, And while we sweetly slumber, enfold us one and all.
    Caroline Sandell-Berg

    The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons
    I lie down and go to sleep;* I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
    Psalm 3:5

    The Vespers Psalm My Body Shall Rest in Peace
    O LORD, you are my portion and my cup;* it is you who uphold my lot. My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;* indeed, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel;* my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the LORD always before me;* because he is at my right hand I shall not fall. My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;* my body also shall rest in hope. For you will not abandon me to the grave,* nor let your holy one see the Pit. You will show me the path of life;* in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
    Psalm 16:5-11

    The Refrain
    I lie down and go to sleep;* I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

    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
    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
    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.



     
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