What is the Daily Office?
The ancient Christian practice of beginning and ending each day with Bible reading and prayer is known as the “Daily Office” – as in the “daily service” or “daily duty” of Christians. The Daily Office primarily consists of Morning and Evening Prayer (although there are other prayer times/services, such as Noonday Prayer and Compline, which is prayer right before bed).
It finds its roots in ancient Israel. God’s people were commanded to talk about God’s word “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut. 6:7). Our mornings and evenings (and the day in between!) are important to God.
As I explain in my post, “Christian, Do the Daily Office: 5 Things You Can Learn from Morning and Evening Prayer”, the Daily Office reminds us that:
- Our mornings and evenings belong to God
- Our walk with God is about more than just our emotions
- Scripture and prayer are our daily food
- We are not alone
- God loves us, even when we can’t get our act together and do the Daily Office!
I believe that, if you follow the Daily Office, you will notice a spiritual difference — in your own life, and in the life of your family!
(Want to know how to lead the Daily Office in your home or for a group? You’re in luck! I’ve written a guide for just that purpose. Click here to learn more.)
What is the Daily Office Booklet?
All you need is a Bible and a Daily Office Booklet to do the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer.
In the interests of making the Anglican Church in North America’s Daily Office Lectionary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer more accessible, I have been putting together Daily Office Booklets, which contain the basics of the Morning and Evening Prayer liturgies, as well as the references for all Scripture readings.
What started as an attempt to get my youth group students to try Morning and Evening Prayer for Advent 2016 has since become a series of booklets, used by Anglicans and non-Anglicans alike!
Note: All ACNA liturgies can be found here.
The Latest Daily Office Booklet: The Season after Pentecost 2018
The latest booklet will take you through the Season after Pentecost (AKA “Ordinary Time”), from Trinity Sunday (May 27, 2018) to the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent (December 01, 2018). (If you’d like an overview of the Christian year, check out the post “What Time Is It?”.
THREE Lectionary Options:
This time around, I’ve created three different versions of the Daily Office Booklet. Each version uses a different lectionary for the Scripture readings.
If you don’t know what a “Daily Office Lectionary” is, please read my post: “The Daily Office Lectionary: A Rookie Anglican Guide”.
1. If you want to continue using the lectionary from the previous Daily Office Booklets, use the OLD ACNA LECTIONARY
First, the OLD ACNA LECTIONARY option continues with the lectionary from all previous versions of the Daily Office Booklet. The lectionary is based on the liturgical year, and you have to do BOTH Morning AND Evening Prayer in order to follow the Old Testament reading sequence.
2. If you want to stick with the official ACNA lectionary, use the NEW ACNA LECTIONARY
The NEW ACNA DAILY LECTIONARY is based on the civil calendar. It takes you through most of the Bible in a calendar year. You have to do BOTH Morning AND Evening Prayer in order to follow the Old Testament reading sequence. I’ve written more about the New ACNA Lectionary here.
3. If you want to be able to pray EITHER ONCE OR TWICE DAILY, use the TWO-YEAR LECTIONARY
Based on the New ACNA Lectionary, I created an experimental TWO-YEAR DAILY OFFICE LECTIONARY in order to allow people to do EITHER Morning OR Evening Prayer, instead of having to do BOTH Morning AND Evening Prayer in order to follow the Old Testament reading sequence.
Instructions: How to Access and Assemble the Booklet
First, Subscribe to Receive Your Free Daily Office Booklet
Then, You’ll Receive An Email With a DropBox Link to a Folder Containing:
- PDFs, Half Page Print-Ready Booklets (Look for “PRINT TWO SIDED, SHORT EDGE” in the filename.)
- Select a lectionary PDF.
- Print this document two-sided, flipping the pages on the short edge.
- Take the stack of printed pages, fold in half, and staple.
- Word Documents (Half Page Size)
- Feel free to edit/format for your use.
- Please leave a credit to both Rookie Anglican and the ACNA somewhere in the final product.
Previous Editions of the Daily Office Booklet
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s It Cost?
The Daily Office Booklet is currently available free of charge. However, if you’d like to support my (Joshua Steele) work at Rookie Anglican, please consider making a donation through the secure PayPal button below.
Why the ACNA Daily Office and Lectionary? Why not the 1662, 1928, 1979 BCP, and/or Revised Common Lectionary?
Great question! Put simply, there are already great resources out there for using other liturgies and lectionaries to do the Daily Office. When I began this project, however, there were no such user-friendly resources to use the ACNA’s Daily Office and Lectionary. So, I figured that I would try to fill a gap, instead of trying to outdo or improve upon the other resources.
If you’re looking for other liturgies and lectionaries for the Daily Office, try these:
- The Mission of St. Clare (1979 BCP and RCL)
- The Trinity Mission (Various Prayer Book and Lectionary Options Available)
- Common Worship: Daily Prayer (Church of England)
Self-Published Version(s) in the Future?
I’ve been asked about potentially making these booklets available through a self-publishing service, such as Lulu or CreateSpace. I’m willing to do this, but I need to do some more research into (1) the best self-publisher to use to avoid having to ship booklets on my own and (2) how to handle profits/royalties, given that I’m using liturgy and lectionary material from the ACNA, and not writing a book on my own.
Why are there readings from the Apocrypha included?
Archbishop Robert Duncan was asked a similar question in this interview about the ACNA Lectionary. Here’s the question and his answer (and mine):
The readings in the lectionary are from both the Old and New Testaments, but it also includes some readings from the Apocrypha. What is the Apocrypha and why is it included in the Daily Office Lectionary?
Both the Anglican and Lutheran Reformations retained the use of books found in the Greek Old Testament (Septuagint), but not found in the Hebrew Bible. Article VI of the Thirty-Nine Articles states “the Church doth read [these books] for example of life and instruction of manners, but yet it doth not apply them to establish any doctrine.” Two of the most common canticles at Morning Prayer—the Benedicite, omnia opera Domine and the Benedictus es, Domine—come from the Apochrypha.
Hope that helps!
Please let me know if you have any questions about how to use the booklet, suggestions about how to improve it, and/or encouragements by letting me know that you’re using it!
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