So what do I love so much about The Divine Hours? Well let me tell you.
First off, if you are not familiar, it is the first major literary and liturgical reworking of the sixth-century Benedictine Rule of fixed-hour prayer. It’s a contemporary version of this beautiful centuries old practice of set prayers and readings to be done four times, or “offices”, a day.
You start with the morning office (anytime between 6 and 9 a.m.), then midday (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), vespers (between 5 and 8 p.m.), ending with compline (before retiring).
What I love is that it is a great way to give anchor points to your day, to revolve your day around Him who made this day. Praying in this way, for me, has been beautifully helpful with divine reminders of why I am here, who is ultimately in charge, and just how good and awesome our God YHWH is. Those simple truths get hijacked (if we allow) as soon as we step out into the world with its barrage of lies and false narratives.
The Divine Hours, prayed from the heart, can be liberatingly grounding.
Let me share the final prayer from this morning’s office:
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 purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria