Praying the Divine Hours

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

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.

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