Praying the Divine Hours

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

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
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