PRAYER: An Horology by John Keble

An Horology by John Keble

Note: This selection of short prayers for every hour of the day, made partly from “The Devotions of Bishop Andrewes,” is intended, under God’s blessing, to aid the feeble endeavors of those saints upon Earth who humbly desire to show all faithful obedience to their blessed Master’s words, “Men ought always to pray.”

 

Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

 

O God, in the multitude of thy mercy, hear me. (Psalm 69:13)

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in Earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

The First Hour

Six O’clock

O thou who prepares the light and the sun, making thy sun to rise on the evil and on the good, enlighten the eyes of our understanding by the knowledge of thy truth, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon us that we may see him who came for a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

And save us, good Lord.

Seven O’clock

O thou who did put into the heart of Elkahah and his wives to rise up in the morning early and worship before the Lord, be present with those who shall meet in the courts of thine house to offer up the daily morning sacrifice of prayer and praise, and hear thou in Heaven thy dwelling-place and when thou hear, hearken and do.

And save us, good Lord.

Eight O’clock

O thou who art the Lord of the harvest and goes out early in the morning to hire laborers into thy vineyard, send forth diligent laborers into thy harvest, and give us all grace to seek always thy glory and to serve thee duly in that station of life to which thou has called us.

And save us, good Lord.

The Third Hour

Nine O’clock

O thou who, at the third hour, did send down the Holy Ghost upon thine apostles, take not away thine Holy Spirit from us but make him to dwell in us and abide with us forever.

And save us, good Lord.

Ten O’clock

O thou who went out about the third hour and saw laborers standing idle in the marketplace, grant that we may not be slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving thee our Lord, and true followers of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises.

And save us, good Lord.

Eleven O’clock

O thou who, about the third hour, was content to suffer the death of the cross for us miserable sinners, grant us to glory in nothing save in the cross of thee, our Lord and Savior, by whom we are crucified unto the world, and the world unto us, and gladly to mortify our members which are upon the Earth.

And save us, good Lord.

The Sixth Hour

Twelve O’clock

O thou who, at the sixth hour, did on the sixth day of the week, did nail the sins of the world with thine own body to the tree, blot out the handwriting of offences that is against us and take it out of the way.

And save us, good Lord.

One O’clock

O thou who, at the seventh hour, did ordain that the ruler’s son should be released of his fever, if any fever or sickness cleave unto our souls, remove that also from us.

And save us, good Lord.

Two O’clock

O thou, who did bring darkness over all the land from the sixth hour even unto the ninth hour, have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, infidels, and heretics, and whatsoever people is covered with gross darkness, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word, and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they, together with us, may be made one fold under one shepherd.

And save us, good Lord.

The Ninth Hour

Three O’clock

O thou who, at the ninth hour, did cry with a loud voice, and after that did yield up the ghost, hear us who remember thy cruel death and passion, when we cry unto thee at this solemn hour of prayer; and let thy rod and thy staff comfort us, when we shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

And save us, good Lord.

Four O’clock

O thou who, at the tenth hour, did choose that thine apostle, having found thy Son, should exclaim with great joy, we have found the Messias, grant that we may also in like manner find the same Messias, and, having found him, may in like manner rejoice.

And save us, good Lord.

Five O’clock

O thou who, at the eleventh hour of the day, did deign, with promise of reward, to send into thy vineyard those who were standing all the day idle, vouchsafe unto us the like grace, and though late, even as at the eleventh hour, receive us when we turn to thee.

And save us, good Lord.

The First Watch

Six O’clock

O thou who, when even was come, did suffer thyself to be taken down from the cross, and laid in a new tomb, take away from us and bury with thee in thy sepulcher our sins, covering with good works the evil we have committed.

And save us, good Lord.

Seven O’clock

O thou who, towards evening, did go in and tarry with thy disciples, abide with us, we beseech thee, for the day of our life is far spent; make us to remember that our days pass like a shadow and help us to work while it is day, ere the night comes when no man can work, that we be not hereafter cast into outer darkness.

And save us, good Lord.

Eight O’clock

O thou who, at the sacred hour of supper, did institute the holy mysteries of thy body and blood, and did make thyself known in breaking of bread, make us ever mindful of thy precious death, and discerners of thy body, and partakers of the same, and that not unto damnation, but unto remission of sin.

And save us, good Lord.

The Second Watch

O thou who, at eventide, did stand in the midst of thy disciples, and say, Peace be unto you, make us to know the narrow way of truth and peace, and to hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

And save us, good Lord.

Ten O’clock

O thou, who has foretold that thou will come to judgment in a day when we look not for thee, and at an hour when we are not aware, make us to be every day and every hour prepared to attend thee at thy coming, that when thou returns to take account with thy servants, we may see thy day and rejoice to be found acceptable in thy sight.

And save us, good Lord.

Eleven O’clock

O thou who, at midnight, did rouse thy prophet David and thine apostle Paul to praise thee, grant us songs in the night and keep us from imagining mischief on our beds.

And save us, good Lord.

The Third Watch

Twelve O’clock

O thou who, for us men and for our salvation, was born at midnight, grant that we, being regenerate and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit, till we all come unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

And save us, good Lord.

One O’clock

O thou to whom the morning stars sing together, and all the sons of God shout for joy, make us to praise thee with joyful lips, when we remember thee upon our beds, and to think upon thee when we are waking.

And save us, good Lord.

Two O’clock

O thou who, in the morning, rising up a great while before day, did go out into a solitary place and there pray, make good thy promise that those that seek thee early shall find thee.

And save us, good Lord.

The Morning Watch

Three O’clock

O thou who, by the crowing of the cock, did warn thine apostle to turn and repent, grant that, at the same warning, we may go and weep bitterly for the sins we have committed against thee and be prepared for thy coming as at this time.

And save us, good Lord.

Four O’clock

O thou who, very early in the morning, was risen from the dead, raise us up by thy mighty power, that we may daily walk in newness of life.

And save us, good Lord.

Five O’clock

O thou against whom, when the morning was come, all the chief priests and rulers of the people took counsel to put thee to death, make us, whom thou does deign to call thy friends, as watchful to do thee service as thine enemies to bring thee to dishonor.

And save us, good Lord.

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