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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Wednesday 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

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,* from everlasting and to everlasting;* and let all the people say, “Amen!”


--Psalm 106:48

The Request for Presence

O God of hosts,* show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.


--Psalm 80:7

The Greeting

Let them know that this is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it..


--Psalm 109:26

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

Send forth your strength, O God;* establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.


--Psalm 28:68

A Reading

It was two days before the Passover and the feasts of Unleavened Bread, and the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by some trick and have him put to death. For they said, ‘It must not be during the festivities, or there will be a disturbance among the people.’ He was at Bethany in the house of Simon, a man who had suffered from a virulent skin-disease; he was at table when a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the ointment on his head. Some who were there said to one another indignantly, ‘Why this waste of ointment? Ointment like this could have been sold for over three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor’; and they were angry with her. But Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. Why are you upsetting her? What she has done for me is a good work. You have the poor with you always, and you can be kind to them when-ever you wish, but you will not always have me. She has done what she could: she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. In truth I tell you, wher-ever throughout all the world the gospel is proclaimed, what she has done will be told as well, in remembrance of her.’ Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, approached the chief priests with an offer to hand Jesus over to them. They were delighted to hear it, and promised to give him money; and he began to look for a way of betraying him when the opportunity should occur.


--Mark 14:1-11

The Refrain

Send forth your strength, O God;* establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.



The Morning Psalm
Your Testimonies Are Very Sure

The waters have lifted up, O LORD, the waters have lifted up their voice;* the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.


Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea,* mightier is the LORD who dwells on high.


Your testimonies are very sure,* and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.


--Psalm 93:46

The Refrain

Send forth your strength, O God;* establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.



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 purpose; 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

Know this: The LORD himself is God;* he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture..


--Psalm 100:2

The Request for Presence

Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you,* when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.


--Psalm 28:2

The Greeting

The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD.*


--Psalm 145:16

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Tell it out among all the nations: “The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge all the peoples with equity.”


--Psalm 96:10

A Reading

Lord YAHWEH has given me a disciple’s tongue, for me to know how to give a word of comfort to the weary. Morning by morning he makes my ear alert to listen like a disciple. Lord YAHWEH has opened my ear and I have not resisted, I have not turned away. I have offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; I have not turned my face away from insult and spitting. Lord YAHWEH comes to my help, this is why insult has not touched me, this is why I have my face like flint and know that I shall not be put to shame. Which of you fears YAHWEH and listens to his servant’s voice? Which of you walks in darkness and sees no light? Let him trust in the name of YAHWEH and lean on his God!


--Isaiah 50:3-7,10

The Refrain

Tell it out among all the nations: “The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge all the peoples with equity.”



The Midday Psalm
There Is No End to His Greatness

Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;* there is no end to his greatness.


One generation shall praise your works to another* and shall declare your power.


I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty* and all your marvelous works.


They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,* and I will tell of your greatness.


They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness;* they shall sing of your righteous deeds.


--Psalm 145:3-7

The Refrain

Tell it out among all the nations: “The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge all the peoples with equity.”



The Small Verse

Happy are the people whose strength is in you!* whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way,


For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

--Psalm 84:4,9

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, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give me the grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †





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

The Call to Prayer

The LORD is near to those who call upon him,* to all who call upon him faithfully.


--Psalm 145:19

The Request for Presence

Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;* I have said to the LORD,“You are my Lord, my good above all other.”


--Psalm 16:1

The Greeting

How deep I find your thoughts, O God!* how great is the sum of them!


--Psalm 139:16

The Hymn
In the Cross of Christ I Glory

In the cross of Christ I glory, towering over the wrecks of time;


All the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.


When the woes of life overtake me, hopes deceive, and fears annoy,


Never shall the cross forsake me. Lo! It glows with peace and joy.


When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way,


From the cross the radiance streaming adds more luster to the day.


Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, by the cross are sanctified;


Peace is there that knows no measure, joys that through all time abide.


In the cross of Christ I glory, towering over the wrecks of time;


All the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.


--John Bowring

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

I will bear witness that the LORD is righteous;* I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.


--Psalm 7:18

The Vespers Psalm
They Shall Make Known to a People Yet Unborn

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD,* and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.


For kingship belongs to the LORD;* he rules over the nations.


To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship;* all who go down to the dust fall before him.


My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him;* they shall be known as the LORD’s forever.


They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn* the saving deeds that he has done.


--Psalm 22:26-30

The Refrain

I will bear witness that the LORD is righteous;* I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.


The Cry of the Church

Even so, come Lord Jesus!



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

O God, who willed that Your Son should undergo for us the ignominy of the Cross to deliver us from the power of the enemy, grant to me Your servant, that I may obtain the grace of His resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.


--adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY


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