The Daily Office

Based on the seven daily times for monastic prayer of St. Benedict, and the even longer Jewish tradition of using the psalms as a way to praise God, Morning and Evening Prayer are the two most popular and common elements shared by Episcopalians. They are sometimes known as Matins and Evensong, with Compline, or Night Prayer, running as a close third.

Intended to be sung (the psalms are, after all, song lyrics not poems), or at least chanted, Morning and Evening Prayer can be a personal or communal event. Yet even when one is reciting it alone, one is conscious of being part of a world-wide song of praise rising to God “from the rising of the sun to it’s setting” and by not just Christians, but Jews and Muslims too, though their forms are obviously different.

More common in other parts of the Anglican Communion than in Oregon maybe, there is a growing popularity for individuals and communities to use these forms of prayer – they are easy to follow, very meditative, and do not need a clergy person to lead them.

If you are looking for a daily prayer practice that is based on scripture and connects you with a world-wide praise of God, there are various books available for personal and family use that are much easier to navigate than the full BCP. See the Rector for suggestions.