Praying the Divine Hours

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

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. †

(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,

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