“Pray Daily” is an Excellent Daily Office Prayer Resource. Here’s Why.

By |2018-08-13T15:44:15+00:00March 11th, 2018|Categories: Anglican Life|Tags: , |2 Comments

What is Pray Daily?

Pray Daily is an excellent Daily Office resource (a small book, as pictured in the featured image above) produced by Christ Church in Plano, TX.

As stated in the Introduction to Pray Daily, it is “a devotional aid to help you build a habit of more regular and purposeful prayer. It is arranged in the Anglican Prayer Book tradition and suitable for all Christians seeking a deeper relationship with God.”

What is in the Pray Daily Book?

I highly encourage you to view the Pray Daily Sample PDF, which shows pages 5 – 28.

Introduction (pages 5-13)

The Introduction helpfully orients the reader/user to the practice of daily office prayer. It offers useful suggestions for how different people might use the book, depending on whether they are:

  • beginning a practice of daily prayer
  • growing into the rhythms of daily prayer
  • mature in the habit of daily prayer.

Then, after a brief justification for the practice of praying at set times, the Introduction offers an overview of the elements that each prayer service in the booklet contains:

  • Opening Sentence
  • Psalm
    • Portions of Psalm 119
    • Portions of the Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134)
  • A Scripture Reading
    • The book itself contains no lectionary or reading plan. However, Christ Church provides “Lectionary Cards” that contain readings based upon the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary (at least, based on the old version that followed the liturgical year instead of the calendar year. See my post about the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary for more information). Go here and scroll to the bottom of the page for access to digital versions of the lectionary cards.
  • Canticle
    • The following canticles are used throughout the book:
      • The Song of Moses
      • Magnificat
      • Nunc Dimittis
      • Venite
      • The Song of the Three Young Men
      • Jubilate
      • The Song of the Redeemed
      • Benedictus
      • A Song to the Lamb
      • The Third Song of Isaiah
      • Gloria in Excelsis
      • Te Deum Laudamus
      • The First Song of Isaiah
      • A Song of Creation
      • The Second Song of Isaiah
  • The Lord’s Prayer
    • The text of the Lord’s Prayer is not given in each of the prayer services. Instead, it is given on page 11 and expected to be either consulted there or memorized.
  • Collect
  • Personal Prayer
    • This is a prompt for extemporaneous prayer included in all of the prayer services.
  • Grace
    • A concluding prayer or verse from Scripture.

Then, on page 12, the Introduction gives the text of the Confession of Sin. Like the Lord’s Prayer, the text of the Confession of Sin is not provided in the prayer services. Instead, it must be consulted on page 12 or memorized.

Page 13 then lists the contents of the Appendices and suggests the practices of saying each prayer aloud, setting reminders to pray, and using the Pray Daily book as a companion to your reading of the Bible.

Prayers (pages 17-100)

Sunday Morning Prayer contains the following sections:

  • Opening Sentence (Habbakuk 2:20)
  • Psalm 119(:1-8)
  • A Scripture Reading
  • Canticle: Christ Our Passover
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Collect
  • Personal Prayer
  • Grace (2 Corinthians 13:14)

There are then services for Morning, Noon, Evening, and Bedtime for all the days of the week.

The sections and order stay the same, although the content of each section changes (except for the Lord’s Prayer, of course).

You can see the content of Sunday Morning, Noon, Evening, and Bedtime Prayer in the Pray Daily Sample PDF.

 

Seasonal Prayers (pages 101-105)

The following prayers (Collects) are included:

  • Advent
  • Christmas
  • Epiphany
  • Lent
  • Holy Week
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter
  • Ascension
  • Pentecost
  • Trinity Sunday
  • All Saints
  • Christ the King

Occasional Prayers (pages 106-112)

The following prayers are included:

  • For the Church
  • For Forgiveness
  • For Safety
  • For Families
  • For Clergy and People
  • For the Unity of the Church
  • For Social Justice
  • For our Country
  • For the President and all in Civil Authority
  • For a Person in Trouble or Bereavement
  • For the Sick
  • For the Care of Children
  • For the Good Use of Leisure
  • Of Saint Francis
  • Of Self-Dedication
  • The General Thanksgiving
  • An Evening Hymn (the Phos Hilaron, O Gladsome Light)
  • A Bedtime Hymn (the Te Lucis Ante Terminu, Before the Ending of the Day)

What I like about Pray Daily

Its quality of production.

This is a handsomely crafted booklet. Way better quality than self-printed Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklets (unless you’re printing them on some mighty fine paper)!

Its versatility.

I absolutely love that Pray Daily provides three different sets of recommendations for its use, depending upon one’s level of familiarity with daily prayer, on pages 6 and 7.

Furthermore, Pray Daily can be used with any lectionary or Bible reading plan (although, as mentioned above, Christ Church does provide lectionary cards you can use as a lectionary).

Its prayer services are brief.

Each Pray Daily service is 3 pages long. Depending on the length of Scripture reading(s) you choose, the prayer service can be completed in as little as 5 minutes. This means that families with children would be able to do these prayer services together much more easily than they would be able to do the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet services.

It gives you 28 opportunities to pray each week.

Because Pray Daily includes Morning, Noon, Evening, and Bedtime prayer services, it gives you more opportunities to pray than the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet, which includes just Morning and Evening Prayer.

In my opinion, the more opportunities to pray each week, the better!

What, to be perfectly honest, I like better about the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet

I think that Pray Daily is an excellent resource and, for some people, it might be a much better resource to use for Daily Office prayer than the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklets that I produce.

That being said, I do still see the following advantages to the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet.

The Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet is cheaper.

In fact, although I currently give you the option of making a donation to support my work here at Rookie Anglican, the Daily Office booklet is free!

The Pray Daily book, at the time of this review, costs $20 (+shipping) for quantities of 1-10 books. $17 for 11-50, $16 for 51-100, and $15 for 101+ books.

The RA Daily Office Booklet contains a lectionary.

You don’t have to use lectionary cards or an external reading plan in addition to the Daily Office Booklet. All you need is the booklet and a Bible to pray.

The RA Daily Office Booklet includes the Confession of Sin at the beginning of every prayer service.

Although, to be fair, Pray Daily says on page 12 that “[w]e recommend that you confess your sins to God using this prayer [of confession] at least once a day,” I worry that, since the text of the prayer is not given in each prayer service, that many people will skip the confession and pray it only infrequently.

This was undoubtedly done to save space. I understand. I’m not accusing anyone at Christ Church of a faulty theology of confession!

However, thanks to the different way that the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet is arranged, you see the full text of the Confession of Sin at the beginning of each prayer service. I believe that this is an advantage.

In the end, the advantages and disadvantages of Pray Daily and the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet when compared to each other boil down to the fact that they are two different (albeit related) products.

Both of them try to help you do the Daily Office, but Pray Daily is designed to be a well-made book that you can use year in and year out. The Daily Office Booklet, however, is designed to be low-cost, widely accessible, and used only for a relatively brief amount of time, until the next version of the Booklet is released (or your printer paper wears out from repeated use!).


Bottom Line: Check out the Pray Daily book!

If Pray Daily suits your needs better than the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet, buy a copy of Pray Daily!

If Pray Daily will help you pray more often than you do now, buy a copy of Pray Daily!

If you have any questions about the Pray Daily book, please ask them in the comments below!

Note: I received a free copy of Pray Daily from Christ Church in exchange for my feedback. I was not, however, obligated to write a positive review. 


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As Managing Editor, Joshua is in charge of the day-to-day operations at Anglican Pastor. He is a Transitional Deacon in the Anglican Church in North America, serving at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL. He is also a Ph.D. student in theology at Wheaton College.

2 Comments

  1. Jim March 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Pray Daily looks good, but I enjoy the booklets you put together. They are very user friendly, thank you.

    • Joshua Steele March 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement, Jim! 🙂

      (Everyone else, I promise that I did not pay Jim to say that! Haha.)

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