What’s the Daily Office?

bible-blogThe Daily Office is one of the core components of the Anglican tradition that emerged from the English Reformation of the 16th Century.

The Reformers simplified the monastic tradition of praying seven times a day to a twice-a-day pattern that fit better with regular parish life. The Daily Office liturgy has become a treasured devotional practice that has proved to be a powerful tool for spiritual formation.

Each Office is made up of ancient prayers, biblical readings, and time for free intercessions. The liturgies can be found in the Book of Common Prayer.

One easy way to get started is to pray the Office online.

Today, millions of Anglican continue to pray Morning and Evening prayer privately and in groups.  There are also offices for Noonday and Compline (night). Remember that you are never truly praying the Office alone–you are always praying in context of the communion of the saints!