Daily Communal Prayer

The use of daily prayers to mark the times of the day and to express the traditions of the praying community is traditional in Judaism and in Christianity. In the Anglican Church, we refer to these different services of prayer as the Daily Office.

 

As far back as the time of Constantine, the people have participated in morning and evening services of prayer. During this time, the monastic community developed its rhythm with additional services. In total, the eight services recognized were lauds (morning), matins (midnight or cockcrow), prime (the first hour), terce (the third hour), sext (the sixth hour), none (the ninth hour), vespers (evening prayer), and compline (at bedtime). By the late middle ages, the Daily Office was seen as the responsibility of the monks and clergy rather than an occasion for participation by all in the prayers of the community throughout the day.


After the Anglican Reformation, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) reduced the eight monastic offices to the two services of Morning and Evening Prayer. These services were printed in vernacular English and intended for use by all members of the church. Participation in the Daily Office is at the heart of Anglican spirituality and is the proper form of daily public worship in the church. 
 

At St. Timothy's, we use the Morning Prayer service at 8:00 a.m. every morning except Sunday as we pray together over conference call. We use the Compline service Monday through Friday at 7:00 p.m. to end our days together in prayer over conference call.

 

The services are found in the Book of Common Prayer. You can find the services online at BCP Online. To access these services, click on "Daily Office" in the left menu, and then click on either Morning Prayer, Rite II or Compline. 

To obtain the number for conference call, please contact the Church Office.