Praying the Divine Hours

Holy Week prayers and Easter prayers to aid your daily spiritual practice for Holy Week.

BY: Phyllis Tickle

 


Palm Sunday






THE MORNING OFFICE
(To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.)

The Call to Prayer

Let the peoples praise you, O God;* let all the peoples praise you.


Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,* for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all nations upon the earth.


Let the peoples praise you, O God;* let all the peoples praise you.


--Psalm 67:3–5

The Request for Presence

Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness;* according to your judgments, give me life.


--Psalm 119:149

The Greeting

Hosanna, LORD, hosanna!*...


Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.


--Psalm 118:25a, 26a

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.


--Psalm 118:27

A Reading

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, close by the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, 'Go to the village facing you, and as you enter it you will at once find a tethered colt that no one has yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, "What are you doing?" say, "The Master needs it and will send it back here at once." ’ They went off and found a colt tethered near a door in the open street. As they untied it, some men standing there said, 'What are you doing untying that colt?’ They gave the answer that Jesus had told them, and the man let them go. Then they took the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on its back, and he mounted it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others greenery which they had cut in the fields. And those who went in front and those who followed were all shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of David our father! Hosanna in the highest heavens!’ He entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple; and when he had surveyed it all, as it was late by now, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.


--Mark 11:1–11

The Refrain

God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.



The Morning Psalm

(Open the Gates and Form a Procession with Branches)


Open for me the gates of righteousness;* I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD.


"This is the gate of the LORD;* he who is righteous may enter."


I will give thanks to you, for you answered me* and have become my salvation.


The same stone which the builders rejected* has become the chief cornerstone.


This is the LORD’s doing,* and it is marvelous in our eyes.


On this day the LORD has acted;* we will rejoice and be glad in it.


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.


"You are my God, and I will thank you;* you are my God, and I will exalt you."


Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;* his mercy endures for ever.


--Psalm 118:19–29

The Refrain

God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.



The Cry of the Church

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.



The Lord's Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Day

Assist me mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that I may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that I may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrec-tion; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †






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 sing to the LORD;* let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.


Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving* and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.


For the LORD is a great God,* and a great King above all gods.


In his hands are the caverns of the earth,* and the heights of the hills are his also.


The sea is his, for he made it,* and his hands have molded the dry land.


--Psalm 95:1–5

The Request for Presence

May God give us his blessing,* and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.


--Psalm 67:7

The Greeting

You, O LORD,are a shield about me;* you are my glory, the one who lifts up my head.


--Psalm 3:3

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;* may the LORD rejoice in all his works.


--Psalm 104:32

A Reading

Pass through, pass through the gates. Clear a way for my people! Level up, level up the highway, remove the stones! Hoist a signal to the peoples! This is what YAHWEH has proclaimed to the remotest part of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Look, your salvation is coming; with him comes his reward, his achievement precedes him!’ They will be called 'The Holy People,’ 'YAHWEH’s Redeemed,’ while you will be called 'Sought after,’ 'City-not-forsaken.’


--Isaiah 62:10–12

The Refrain

May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;* may the LORD rejoice in all his works.



The Midday Psalm
The Earth Is the LORD’s and All That Is in It

The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,* the world and all who dwell therein.


For it is he who founded it upon the seas* and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.


"Who can ascend the hill of the LORD?"* and who can stand in his holy place?"


"Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,* who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud.


They shall receive a blessing from the LORD* and a just reward from the God of their salvation."


Such is the generation of those who seek him,* of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.


--Psalm 24:1–6

The Refrain

May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;* may the LORD rejoice in all his works.



The Cry of the Church

O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help me!



The Lord's Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Day

Assist me mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that I may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty and everlasting God, who willed that our Savior should take upon Him, our flesh and suffer death upon the Cross, that all mankind should follow the example of His great humility, mercifully grant that I may both follow the example of His patience and also partake of His resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.


--adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY




THE VESPERS OFFICE
(To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 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

I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me;* incline your ear to me, and hear my words.


--Psalm 17:6

The Greeting

You are God: I praise you;* you are the Lord: I acclaim you;


You are the eternal Father:* all creation worships you.


Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:* Father, of majesty unbounded,


your true and only Son,* worthy of all worship,


and the Holy Spirit,* advocate and guide.


As these have been from the beginning,* so they are now and evermore shall be. Amen.

--based on the Te Deum and Gloria

The Hymn
Ride On in Majesty

Ride on! Ride on in majesty!


Hark! All the tribes hosanna cry;


Your humble beast pursues his road


With palms and scattered garments strowed.



Ride on! Ride on in majesty!


In lowly pomp ride on to die;


O Christ, your triumphs now begin


Over captive death and conquered sin.



Ride on! Ride on in majesty!


The angel armies of the sky


Look down with sad and wondering eyes


To see the approaching sacrifice.



Ride on! Ride on in majesty!


Your last and fiercest strife is nigh;


The Father on his sapphire throne


Expects his own anointed Son.



Ride on! Ride on in majesty!


In lowly pomp ride on to die;


Bow your meek head to mortal pain,


Then take, O God, your power and reign.


--Henry H. Milman

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Sing to the LORD, you servants of his;* give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.


--Psalm 30:4

The Vespers Psalm
In the Temple of the LORD All Are Crying, "Glory!"

Ascribe to the LORD, you gods,* ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.


Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name;* worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.


The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;* the LORD is upon the mighty waters.


The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice;* the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.


The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees;* the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;


He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,* and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.


The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire; the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;* the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.


The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe* and strips the forests bare.


And in the temple of the LORD* all are crying, "Glory!"


The LORD sits enthroned above the flood;* the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.


The LORD shall give strength to his people;* the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.


--Psalm 29

The Refrain

Sing to the LORD, you servants of his;* give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.



The Lord's Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Day

Assist me mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that I may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that I may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrec-tion; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †



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