The Daily Office
The Daily Office is based on the ancient practice of prescribed daily times of prayer and is found in the Book of Common Prayer. These services are accompanied by daily lectionary readings, that is, daily scripture readings—a reading from the Psalms, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and a gospel reading. Praying through the Office is an enriching way to practice daily devotions in Morning and Evening Prayer. We encourage you not to rush. If there is a time constraint, take the liberty to leave out the Canticles or just read only the daily Psalms. Relish the words. Take your time. Reflect on what you are praying and saying to the Lord. When you pray/read plural pronouns like “we” or “our” when you are going through the service alone, realize that others elsewhere are praying the Office with you around the world. Come to the Scripture readings with open hearts and minds, believing that God is speaking through his living Word to you. The purpose of the Daily Office is to worship God and to be transformed by him through the Holy Spirit into the likeness of his Son Jesus Christ.
The lectionary is a collection of readings from the Scriptures, arranged for personal reading and proclamation during worship gatherings. It helps guide our reading time so we can be consistent and intentional in our readings. It also allows for our church body, as well as many other Christians, to read the same Scripture passages at the same time. The lectionary provides an Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm, and Gospel reading for each Sunday, as well as for other holy days. The lectionary has a three-year cycle, which means that the same texts are read on Sundays every third year. Everyone needs a plan to read the Bible, and thankfully our Anglican heritage provides one. You can use the scripture entries below to read or meditate on the daily readings.
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.