Praying the Divine Hours

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

BY: Phyllis Tickle

 

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Monday of Holy Week




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

Note: For those singing the words of the Psalter and the hymns of the vesper office, there is in the midst of each line of the Psalms, a small asterisk. On the last syllable before this asterisk, the singer will want to raise his or her monotonal pitch by a single note, just as the last syllable before the end of a line is lowered a note.

The Call to Prayer

Let my mouth be full of your praise* and your glory all the day long.


Do not cast me off in my old age;* forsake me not when my strength fails.


--Psalm 71:8-9

The Request for Presence

O LORD, my God, my Savior,* by day and night I cry to you.


Let my prayer enter into your presence.


--Psalm 88:1-2

The Greeting

Show me your ways, O LORD,* and teach me your paths.


Lead me in your truth and teach me,* for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.


--Psalm 25:3-4

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Deliverance belongs to the LORD.* Your blessing be upon your people!


--Psalm 3:8

A Reading

Now it happened that when he was near Bethpage and Bethany, close by the Mount of Olives as it is called, he sent two of the disciples, saying, 'Go to the village opposite, and as you enter it you will find a tethered colt that no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, "Why are you untying it?" you are to say this, "The Master needs it." ’ The messengers went off and found everything just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owner said, 'Why are you untying it?’ and they answered, 'The Master needs it.’ So they took the colt to Jesus and throwing their cloaks upon its back, they lifted Jesus onto it. As he moved off, they spread their cloaks in the road, and now, as he was approaching the downward slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole group of disciples joyfully began to praise God at the top of their voices for all the miracles they had seen. They cried out: Blessed is he who is coming as King in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens! Some Pharisees in the crowd said to him, 'Master, reprove your disci-ples,' but he answered, 'I tell you, if these keep silence, the stones will cry out.'


--Luke 19:29-40

The Refrain

Deliverance belongs to the LORD.* Your blessing be upon your people!



The Morning Psalm
Give Me the Joy of Your Saving Health

Create in me a clean heart, O God,* and renew a right spirit within me.


Cast me not away from your presence* and take not your holy Spirit from me.


Give me the joy of your saving help again* and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.


I shall teach your ways to the wicked,* and sinners shall return to you.


--Psalm 51:11-14

The Refrain

Deliverance belongs to the LORD.* Your blessing be upon your people!



The Gloria*

The Lord's Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your pur-pose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. 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

Praise the LORD,O my soul!* I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to God while I have my being.


--Psalm 146:1

The Request for Presence

Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down;* touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.



Hurl the lightning and scatter them;* shoot out your arrows and rout them. Stretch out your hand from on high;* rescue me and deliver me from the great waters, from the hand of foreign peoples.


--Psalm 144:5-7

The Greeting

To you I lift up my eyes,* to you enthroned in the heavens.


As the eyes of the servants look to the hand of their masters,* and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,


So our eyes look to the LORD our God,* until he shows us his mercy.


--Psalm 123:1-3

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Praise the LORD, you that fear him;* stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.


--Psalm 22:22

A Reading

Let this mind be in you,


which was also in Christ Jesus:


Who, being in the form of God,


thought it not robbery to be equal with God:


But made himself of no reputation,


and took upon him the form of a servant,


and was made in the likeness of men:


And being found in fashion as a man,


he humbled himself,


became obedient unto death,


even the death of the cross.


Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,


and given him a name which is above every name:


That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,


of things in heaven,


and things in earth,


and things under the earth;


And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD,


to the glory of God the Father.


--Phillipians 2:5–11, KJV

The Refrain

Praise the LORD, you that fear him;* stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.



The Midday Psalm
The Sacrifice of God Is a Troubled Spirit

Deliver me from death, O God,* and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation.



Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,* but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.


The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;* a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.



The Refrain

Praise the LORD, you that fear him;* stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.



The Cry of the Church

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.



The Lord’s Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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

The righteous will be glad ...


And they will say, "Surely, there is a reward for the righteous;* surely, there is a God who rules in the earth."


--Psalm 58:10-11

The Request for Presence

Deliver me from death, O God,* and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation.


--Psalm 51:15

The Greeting

To you, O LORD,I lift up my soul;* my God, I put my trust in you.


--Psalm 25:1

The Hymn
Were You There

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.


Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?


Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?


Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.


Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?


Were you there when they pierced him in the side?


Were you there when they pierced him in the side?


Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.


Were you there when they pierced him in the side?


Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?


Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?


Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.


Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?


--African American Spiritual

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Make me hear of joy and gladness,* that the body you have broken may rejoice.


--Psalm 51:9

The Vespers Psalm
Having You I Desire Nothing Upon Earth

Whom have I in heaven but you?* and having you I desire nothing upon earth.


Though my flesh and heart should waste away,* God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.



Truly, those who forsake you will perish;* you destroy all who are unfaithful.


But it is good for me to be near God;* I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.

--Psalm 73:25–28

The Refrain

Make me hear of joy and gladness,* that the body you have broken may rejoice.



The Gloria*

The Lord’s Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Save me, O Lord, while I am awake, and keep me while I sleep that I may wake in Christ and rest in peace.


--adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY


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