Praying the Divine Hours

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

BY: Phyllis Tickle

 

Continued from page 7


Easter Day




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

Praise the LORD, all you nations;* laud him, all you peoples.


For his loving-kindness toward us is great,* and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Hallelujah!


--Psalm 117

The Request for Presence

I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving* and call upon the Name of the LORD.


I will fulfill my vows to the LORD* in the presence of all his people,


In the courts of the LORD's house,* in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!


--Psalm 116:15-17

The Greeting

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.

--Psalm 118:25-26

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

It is better to rely on the LORD* than to put any trust in flesh.


It is better to rely on the LORD* than to put any trust in rulers.


--Psalm 118:8-9

A Reading

After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdela and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre. And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men. But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, `There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples, "He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him." Look! I have told you.' Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. And suddenly, coming to meet them, was Jesus. `Greetings,' he said. And the women came up to him and, clasping his feet, they did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, `Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; there they will see me.'


--Matthew 28:1-10

The Refrain

It is better to rely on the LORD* than to put any trust in flesh.


It is better to rely on the LORD* than to put any trust in rulers.



The Morning Psalm
I Shall Not Die, but Live

There is a sound of exultation and victory* in the tents of the righteous:


"The right hand of the LORD has triumphed!* the right hand of the LORD is exalted!the right hand of the LORD has triumphed!"


I shall not die, but live,* and declare the works of the LORD.


The LORD has punished me sorely,* but he did not hand me over to death.


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.


--Psalm 118:15-24

The Refrain

It is better to rely on the LORD* than to put any trust in flesh.


It is better to rely on the LORD* than to put any trust in rulers.



The Cry of the Church

Alleluia. Christ is risen.



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, of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things are made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


--Adapted from THE SHORT BREVIARY





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.


I call aloud upon the LORD,* and he answers me from his holy hill.


--Psalm 3:3-4

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

The apostle taught us, saying: "We believe that, if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too. We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. For by dying, he is dead to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with God. In the same way, you must see yourselves as being dead to sin, but alive for God in Christ Jesus."


--Romans 6:8-11

The Refrain

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



The Midday Psalm
Let Them Praise the Name of the LORD

Praise the LORD from the earth,* you sea-monsters and deeps;


Fire and hail, snow and fog,* tempestuous wind, doing his will;


Mountains and all hills,* fruit trees and all cedars;


Wild beasts and all cattle, creeping things and wingèd birds; Kings of the earth and all peoples,* princes and all rulers of the world;


Young men and maidens,* old and young together.


Let them praise the Name of the LORD,* for his Name only is exalted, his splendor is over earth and heaven.


He raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal servants,* the children of Israel, a people who are near him. Hallelujah!


--Psalm 148:7-14

The Refrain

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



The Cry of the Church

Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!



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 wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that I may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. +






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

The Call to Prayer

Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the LORD;* praise the Name of the LORD.


--Psalm 113:1

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.


Alleluia.


based on the Te Deum and Gloria

The Hymn
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!


Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!


Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!


Sing, you heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!



Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!


Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!


Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!


Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!



Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!


Where, O death, is now your sting? Alleluia!


Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!


Where's your victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!



Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!


Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!


Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!


Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!



Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!


Praise to you by both be given, Alleluia!


You we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!


Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!



King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!


Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!


You to know, your power to prove, Alleluia!


Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!



--Charles Wesley

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

We will bless the LORD,* from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!


--Psalm 115:18

The Vespers Psalm
An Evening Song

I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel;* my heart teaches me, night after night.


I have set the LORD always before me;* because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.


My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;* my body also shall rest in hope.


For you will not abandon me to the grave,* nor let your holy one see the Pit.


You will show me the path of life;* in your presence is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.


--Psalm 121:1-4

The Refrain

We will bless the LORD,* from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!



The Cry of the Church

Alleluia. Christ is risen.


The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!



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 for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by this glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant me so to die daily in sin, that I may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. +


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