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 8


Easter Monday




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

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous;* it is good for the just to sing praises. Praise the LORD with the harp;* play to him upon the psaltery and lyre. Sing for him a new song;* sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.


--Psalm 33:1-3

The Request for Presence

Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us,* as we have put our trust in you.


--Psalm 33:22

The Greeting

How great is your goodness, O LORD! which you have laid up for those who fear you;* which you have done in the sight of all for those who put their trust in you.

--Psalm 31:19

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

...the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.


--Psalm 33:5

A Reading

Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. And it happened that as they were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He said to them, `What are all these things that you are discussing as you walk along?' They stopped, their faces downcast. Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, `You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.' He asked, `What things?' They answered, `All about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have now gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they could not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women reported, but of him they saw nothing.' Then he said to them, `You foolish men! So slow to believe all that the prophets have said! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into his glory?' Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself. When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them saying, `It is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.' So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, `Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?' They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, `The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon.' Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognized him at the breaking of bread.


--Luke 24:13-35

The Refrain

...the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.



The Morning Psalm
Happy the Nation Whose God Is the LORD

Let all the earth fear the LORD;* let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.


For he spoke, and it came to pass;* he commanded, and it stood fast.


The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught;* he thwarts the designs of the peoples.


But the LORD's will stands fast for ever,* and the designs of his heart from age to age.


Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD!* happy the people he has chosen to be his own!


--Psalm 33:8-12

The Refrain

...the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.



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

Grant, I pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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

Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name;* make known his deeds among the peoples.


Sing to him, sing praises to him,* and speak of all his marvelous works.


Glory in his holy Name;* let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.


--Psalm 105:1-3

The Request for Presence

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;* knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.


I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart,* and glorify your Name for evermore.


--Psalm 86:11-12

The Greeting

My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all the day long;* though I can not know the number of them.


--Psalm 71:15

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.


--Psalm 108:3

A Reading

I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me. The life that I am now living, subject to the limitation of human nature, I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.


--Galatians 2:20

The Refrain

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.



The Midday Psalm
In Your Right Hand Are Pleasures for Evermore

O LORD, you are my portion and my cup;* it is you who uphold my lot.


My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;* indeed, I have a goodly heritage.


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 there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.


--Psalm 16:5-11

The Refrain

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.



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

Almighty God, who for our redemption gave your only begotten Son to death on the cross, and by his 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 our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. +






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

The Call to Prayer

Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,* but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.


The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;* and a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


--Psalm 51:16-18

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

I give you thanks, O God, I give you thanks,* calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds.



adapted from Psalm 75:1

The Hymn
Welcome, Happy Morning

"Welcome, happy morning!" age to age shall say:


hell today is vanquished, heaven is won today!


Lo! The dead is living, God for evermore!


Him their true Creator, all his works adore!



Earth her joy confesses, clothing her for spring,


All fresh gifts returned with her returning King:


Bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,


Speak his sorrow ended, hail his triumph now.



Months in due succession, days of lengthening light,


Hours and passing moments praise you in their flight,


Brightness of the morning, sky and fields and sea,


Vanquisher of darkness, bring their praise to thee.


--Venantius Honorius Fortunatus

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

For you are my hope, O Lord GOD,* my confidence since I was young.

--Psalm 71:5

The Vespers Psalm
Turn Now, O God of Hosts

You have brought the vine out of Egypt;* you cast out the nations and planted it.


You prepared the ground for it;* it took root and filled the land.


The mountains were covered by its shadow* and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.


You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea* and its branches to the River.


Why have you broken down its wall,* so that all that pass by pluck off its grapes?


The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it,* and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.


Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; behold and tend your vine;* preserve what your right hand has planted.


--Psalm 80:8-14

The Refrain

For you are my hope, O Lord GOD,* my confidence since I was young.



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

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who are reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in our lives what we profess by our faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. +




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