The Daily What?
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.
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.
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!
Why These Booklets?
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. All you need is a Bible and a booklet to do Morning and Evening Prayer.
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!
THANK YOU to everyone who has either (1) suggest improvements to past booklets or (2) let me know that you’re using and enjoying the booklets! It’s a great encouragement to me to know that these things are getting used by the people of God!
Note: All ACNA liturgies can be found here.
The Latest Daily Office Booklet: Christmastide through Pentecost
The latest booklet will take you through Pentecost, from the feast of St. Stephen (December 26, 2017) through the Saturday before Trinity Sunday (May 26, 2018). (If you’d like an overview of the Christian year, check out the post “What Time Is It?“.)
Instructions: How to Access and Assemble the Booklet
You’ll Receive An Email With a DropBox Link to a Folder Containing:
- PDF, Half Page Print-Ready Booklet (Look for “PRINT TWO SIDED, SHORT EDGE” in the filename.)
- 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, Full Page and Half Page
- Feel free to edit/format for your use.
- Please leave a credit to Rookie Anglican and the ACNA somewhere in the final product.
- PDFs, Full Page and Half Page
Previous Editions of the Daily Office Booklet
Frequently Asked Questions
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!
Grace and Peace,