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About the Daily Office

The Daily Office, rooted in the Jewish tradition of fixed daily prayer, has been adapted by Christians over the centuries. Monastics in the Benedictine tradition deserve most of the credit for integrating the Daily Office into Christian daily life.

Traditionally, the Daily Office (Western church practice) consisted of praying seven times a day starting with Vespers at sunset. We’ve adapted these prayers to work well within the parameters of Twitter and the hardware through which it’s available (e.g., laptop, mobile device, desktop computer).

Each office includes some or all of the following: opening prayer, psalm(s), reading from scripture, petitions, the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father”), collect, and closing benediction. We follow the traditional church calendar and the Revised Common Lectionary.

Morning Prayer (Lauds): Monday-Sunday, 7:30/8:00 AM ET
Midday Prayer (Sext): Wednesday &/or Friday, 12:15 PM ET
Evening Prayer (Vespers): Tuesday & Sunday, 5:00/5:30 PM ET
Night Prayer (Compline): Monday-Saturday at 9:00/9:30 PM ET

We invite you to join us whenever you are able — don’t worry about time zones!

Whether you’ve prayed the Daily Office for years or are new to this tradition, we hope these times of prayer will enhance your spiritual life.

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Comments»

1. Papalheart - April 14, 2011

Will you be able to tell me how to use the Divine Office Prayer book we have? Or should I just follow with the prayers you post? Thank you!

The Virtual Abbey - April 15, 2011

Which Divine Office prayer book do you have? Is it an “official” breviary with gazillion ribbons? Those can be stunningly confusing at the start because parts of the prayers change according to season. For now, we recommend you follow along with us and also click through on the resources to see how the prayers show online. Note: We use Daily Office liturgies from several communions (i.e., Anglican, Anglo-Catholic, Episcopal).

2. Papalheart - April 15, 2011

Yes, that’s the one, with all the ribbons! I think you are right, will just continue with following along with you. It is very confusing to use the official book. Thank you for this wonderful resource!
To Jesus, through Mary,
Pax Christi
Theresa

Meredith Gould - April 16, 2011

Uh-oh…ribbons. I used to get all tangled up in those in the beginning. Gets easier!


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