Praying the Divine Hours

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

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.

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