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The Daily Office Tutorial

The place to come to learn how to pray the Daily Office!

The Daily Office Tutorial

Part I – An Introduction to the Office and the Beginning of Morning Prayer

Part II – The Conclusion of Morning Prayer

Part III – Evening Prayer

Part IV – Noonday Prayer

Part V – Compline

Part VI – Celebrating Principal Feasts and Holy Days, and Lesser Feasts and Fasts

Part VII – Singing and Chanting the Office

Part VIII – Using “An Order of Worship for the Evening”

Praying the Daily Office is a wonderful way to mark the time of our days as sacred and belonging to God.  Christians, lay and ordained, have been praying some form of liturgical daily prayer from the very earliest days of Christianity, and even that has its roots in forms of Jewish daily prayer.

But just picking up the Book of Common Prayer and turning to the pages containing the Daily Office can be intimidating the first time you do it, especially if you are going to be praying by yourself.  All the different rubrics -instructions- can seem confusing and the different sections of the Book of Common Prayer which you will need to access can seem daunting.

And yet, you feel called to begin a spiritual journey of prayer.  You feel called to spend time with God every day.  You feel like you want to, need to, mark the time of your days as sacred.  Then this tutorial is for you.  We will take you through every Daily Office service in the Book of Common Prayer step by step, page number by page number, so that you can learn this beautiful, ancient, scriptural, and rhythmic pattern of prayer, and in so doing, join the countless throngs of ages past and present day who around the world and across the centuries offer up their prayer to God using these same words.

So, grab your Book of Common Prayer and your Bible, and let us pray!

An Ancient Prayer Before Beginning the Office

Open, O Lord, my mouth to bless thy holy Name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding and kindle my affections; that I may worthily, attentively, and devoutly say this Office, and so be meet to be heard before the presence of thy divine Majesty.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith thou, whilst here on earth, didst render praises unto God, I desire to offer this my Office of prayer unto thee.

Online Resources to Aid You in Praying the Daily Office

The Book of Common Prayer, online

Online Bibles

Online Lectionaries

The Daily Office Online – (the whole thing for the Digitally Minded)

Daily Office Books – (for those who like the feel of the book in their hand)

These links will take you to places to purchase the named items.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Stanley permalink
    February 26, 2011 4:18 am

    Why do I pray? I my youth I didn’t pray much outside of Sunday services. When I did it was mostly to petition our Lord for something. This was and is a valid reason for prayer but for me now seems to be a baseline level. In praying the Daily Office I have found personally my Prayer muscles developing. My personal experience with the Office has brought me a level of peace not just as I sit in Saint George’s and say the Office but in my life as a whole. I referenced earlier how I felt my prayer muscles developing this is a bit of a silly expression but there is a real and relevant comparison between the physical body and the spirit. Just as exercise makes the body strong and healthy so prayer does for the spirit. This has been my experience as I have picked up my Prayer Book and re-immersed myself in the experiences of the Daily Office and prayer in general.

  2. February 26, 2011 9:48 am

    Very well said, Steve! Prayer muscles do develop and by exercising them, we do get stronger in the faith.

  3. Teresa Cheyney permalink
    May 4, 2012 7:08 pm

    Hi All: We are members of the tiny Church of the Epiphany in Arco, Idaho. Five of the seven of us just completed Lay Worship Leader Training and we found your tutorials very helpful. I have passed your website on to our Canon to the Ordinary for Parish Development, Lucinda Ashby. Thank you for this valuable information.

    Faithfully, Teri, Mary, Jerry, Debbie and Chad

    • May 15, 2012 9:58 am

      Dear Teri, Mary, Jerry, Debbie, and Chad:

      I am so glad you found these tutorials helpful! One of the neat things about this web presence is the opportunity to serve the church well beyond my parish and even my diocese in ways that I generally don’t even know about, such as helping out your Lay Worship Leader team.

      I am wondering if there was anything you or your team noted that would have been more helpful, or if there was anything you found unclear? Many thanks for your kind remarks.

      Fr. Ryan+


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