Posted on in Saints Are Us by The Rev. David Marshall
This section deals with the Daily Office as it is currently in the Episcopal Church. Important fact to appreciate is participation in praying the Daily Office is at the heart of Anglican spirituality. It is the proper form of daily public worship for the whole church, Laity and Clergy. In addition to the contemporary and traditional language of Morning and Evening Prayer we are provided with Noonday Prayer, and Compline (the final and closing prayer of each day). Additionally, there is a part of the Prayer Book called “Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families” (pp.136-140). this is a shortened version of the Daily Office to encourage people to pray and live in the spirit of the Daily office.
I encourage each of us to open a Prayer Book and explore this world treasure of prayer. The Prayer Book provides daily appointed Psalms and readings from Sacred Scripture, for each day of the year, on a two-year cycle. Look in the Prayer Book (pp. 936-1001 and 144-145) for these assigned selections for Morning and Evening Prayer. If you would like to begin to pray the Daily Office I would suggest you start with the Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families beginning on page 136 of the BCP. This will help you get into a rhythm of setting aside a place and time that can allow you to enter into a Sacred space with God. If you have any questions about this feel free to ask Father David, Mother Catharine, or Brother John.
Our last installment in this series, Part 4 will be next week which will address other forms and settings in which the Daily Office is prayed. Until then, keep up your Gratitude Journal!
I am your bro.