Daily Office & Lectionary


Daily Office (a daily devotional)

Daily services of prayer for the morning and evening that are read privately as daily devotions and corporately as a liturgy in church. The chief purpose of the daily office is remembrance, thanksgiving and praise. Each office consists of a collect, scripture readings, prayers, psalms, canticles, the creed, confession and petition.  The daily office lectionary (BCP 934ff) is arranged in a two-year cycle of scripture readings that covers most of the Bible, and the complete cycle of psalms is recited every seven weeks. The observance of daily worship has been part of the Christian tradition from the fourth century and derives from the Jewish practice of reciting the Shema ("Hear, O Israel") morning and evening in the synagogue.  The first Book of Common Prayer reduced the eight monastic services of prayer, reading, psalmody and praise to two. The daily office may be led by lay people as well as by the ordained.

The Revised Common Lectionary

The above link is to what is used by the Episcopal Church of the United States. The RCL is an ordered system for reading the Holy Scriptures at the Eucharist and the Daily Office.  The linked RCL is in the form of a calendar and specifies and contains links to the psalms and readings for the various days of the liturgical year.

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