Hymns of the Daily Office

Posted by Dcn. David Neff on

From the earliest days of the Church there have existed two main forms of liturgical Christian worship: the Holy Eucharist, and the daily round of prayer known as the Liturgy of the Hours, Daily Office, or Divine Office. Shown below are the Hymns for each Office.

The Customary times for saying the Hours of the Daily Offices are:

Lauds - Dawn/Sunrise
Prime - 6:00 A.M. (Start of the day)
Terce - 9:00 A.M. (Third Hour of the day)
Sext - 12:00 Noon (Sixth Hour of the Day
None - 3:00 P.M. (Ninth Hour of the day)
Vespers - Dusk/Sunset
Compline - Just prior to retiring for the day

      Source: http//commonprayer.org/offices/hour

In Prayer,

Deacon David


LAUDS (Sunrise)
LO! now the nesting shades of night are ending,
Flickers the golden gleam of dawning day,
Let us before the Lord of all, low bending,
Suppliants pray;
That He would of the stain of guilt relieve us,
Grant our souls health, of His most blessed love,
And of His pitying grace and mercy give us
Heaven above.
Be this by Thy thrice holy Godhead granted,
Father, and Son, and Spirit ever blest,
whose glory by the firmament is chanted,
By all confess. Amen.


PRIME  (6am - Start of the Day)
Now that the daylight fills the sky,
we lift our hearts to God on high,
That he in all we do or say,
Would keep us safe from harm today.

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;
From anger's din would hide our life;
From all ill sights would turn our eyes;
Would close our ears from vanities.

Would keep our inmost conscience pure;
Our souls from folly would secure;
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone,
And night in turn is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained
Shall praise his Name for vict'ry gained.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise Eternal Son to thee;
All glory as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete.


TERCE  (9am)
Come Holy Ghost, with God the Son
And God the Father, ever One;
Shed forth thy grace within our breast,
And dwell with us, a ready guest.

By ev'ry power, by heart and tongue,
By act and deed, thy praise be sung,
Inflame with perfect love each sense,
That others' souls may kindle thence.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


SEXT  (Noon)
O God of truth, O Lord of might,
Who ord'rest time and change aright,
And sends't the early morning ray,
And light'st the glow of perfect day:

Extinguish thou each sinful fire,
And banish ev'ry ill desire;
And while thou keeps't the body whole,
Shed forth thy peace upon the soul.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


NONE  (3pm)
O God, creation's secret force,
Thyself unmov'd, all motions source,
Who from the morn till evening ray,
Through all its changes guid'st the day:

Grant us, when this short life is past,
The glorious evening that shall last,
That, by a holy death attained,
Eternal glory may be gained.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


VESPERS  (Sunset)
O BLEST creator of the light,
Who mak'st the day with radiance bright,
And o'er the forming world didst call
The light from chaos first of all

Whose wisdom joined in meet array
The morn and eve, and named them day:
Night comes with all its darkening fears
Regard Thy people's prayers and tears.

Lest, sunk in sin, and whelmed with strife,
They lose the gift of endless life;
While thinking but the thoughts of time,
They weave new chains of woe and crime.

But grant them grace that they may strain
The heavenly gate, and prize to gain;
Each harmful lure aside to cast,
And purge away each error past.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost, and Thee,
Shall live and reign eternally. Amen


COMPLINE  (Just prior to retiring for the day)
To thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world, we pray,
That, with thy wonted favour, thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night,
Withhold from us our Ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.

 

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