Daily Prayer Resources

The Anglican Tradition of Christianity has held up daily prayer and bible reading as a vitally important part of every Christian's life.  When he compiled the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer distilled the numerous and complicated daily prayers of the monasteries into two simpler services that could be used by anyone: Matins and Evensong (which in later Prayer Books were called Morning and Evening Prayer).  Our current Book of Common Prayer added a short Noonday Prayer and a service of Compline, or Night Prayer.  These daily prayer services are sometimes called "offices" or "The Daily Office."  The Latin word officium means "service" or "duty."  Roman Catholics officially refer to these services as "The Liturgy of the Hours."  The history of "the Hours" on the Wikipedia site is quite good.

The Web now abounds in sources for daily prayer.  The best Anglican  or Episcopal-related sites are:

A site that uses only the resources of the Prayer Book and is very easy to use is here.

The following two resources will use some material from other sources:

Mission St. Clare has a new, completely put together, Service of Morning and Evening Prayer each day, including hymns.

The Daily Office has much the same as St. Clare. They have added artwork.

For the daily Bible readings (the Daily Lectionary from the Prayer Book), you can go the the Forward Movement site, where you will get a short meditation for the day, plus links to the readings on other sites.  There is a prayer chapel on the site as well.

Other styles of the daily prayer services can be found at:

The Northumbrian Community.  This is a contemporary Celtic community in northern England.

A fairly good guide to using Morning and Evening Prayer with some history and theology of the various parts is found on the blogsite "On the Road to Emmaus."

If you follow the readings from the daily lectionary of the Prayer Book, over a two year period you will read most of the Bible.  It is not simply a sequential reading (although large parts of it are) because it is tied to the Church Year.

Other prayer resources from Episcopal monastic communities: