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The Consolations of Compline in Quarantine (and Beyond)

In the shadow of a global pandemic and the uncertainty it has brought to every aspect of life, I have found myself drawn again and again to the Compline service in the Book of Common Prayer. I have especially found deep comfort in the service’s collects and prayers, which deftly blend a realism about the contingencies of life with an [...]

By |2020-06-17T09:47:41-05:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |1 Comment

How to Pray as a Family at Home? Here Are Some Tips for Family Prayer

Family Prayer, sometimes called Family Worship, is a cornerstone activity of the Christian family’s life. In it, we come together to sing, read Scripture, and pray. Yet, this activity can feel daunting and unfamiliar. What do we read? What do we pray? How long should it be? How often should we do Family Prayer? My goal is to help you [...]

By |2020-04-29T10:46:43-05:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |3 Comments

Should We Pray Written Prayers? Didn’t Jesus Tell Us Not to Repeat Prayers?

Jesus teaches us how to pray by example and by explicit teaching. Embedded within the Sermon on the Mount written in the Gospel according to Matthew, there is an instruction from Jesus that seems to speak directly against repeating our prayers to God. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and [...]

By |2020-04-14T17:05:11-05:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |4 Comments

Praying Around the Table: Making a Prayer Space in your Home

Now that the family is together every day and worship is virtual, families begin to wonder how to keep their children growing in the faith. Family devotions begin to seem more necessary. But how to begin? How to keep everyone’s attention? Maybe you’ve tried before, but things didn’t seem to work. You want family devotions to be a joyful family [...]

By |2020-04-08T16:52:58-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Do Anglicans Believe about Scripture, Prayer, and Worship? A Brief Overview of Anglican Spirituality

The following is an excerpt from the Anglican Church in North America’s catechism, To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Crossway, 2020), pp. 81–87. You can download a PDF of the entire catechism here. A Rule of Prayer: Scripture, Prayer, and Worship 224. What is a “rule” of prayer? A rule of prayer is a regular discipline by which I cultivate a life [...]

5 Practical Suggestions for Doing Advent Devotions with Your Children

I had an idea, and it was a great idea! My family was going to do something new that year. Every night, we were going to sit down at the dining room table and do Advent devotions together. I could already see how the night was going to go in my mind’s eye. It was going to be amazing. It [...]

By |2019-11-26T12:41:03-06:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Daily Office Is Not Enough: The Importance of Reading Scripture Devotionally

It was J. I. Packer who made an Anglican out of me. Although I had attended a student-led Anglican service when I first became a seminarian at Regent College, it wasn’t until I moved to the Anglican church that Dr. Packer attended (and at which he sometimes led liturgy) that I was struck by the beauty and majesty of Anglican [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:59-06:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Opinion|Tags: , |3 Comments

Want To Pray the ACNA Daily Office Online? Check This Resource Out

The Story Behind AnglicanDailyOffice.Online Several years ago I was discerning a call into Anglican Holy Orders, and as part of that, I wanted to immerse myself in Anglican spirituality. What better way to do that, I thought, than commit to a season of praying the Daily Office, Morning and Evening, from the Book of Common Prayer? Well, that’s exactly what [...]

By |2019-09-09T20:31:05-05:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|0 Comments

How to Become a Subversive Church

Bowing to Baal I recently heard someone on the radio say that we (Americans) live in a “post-religion” nation. The radio personality went on to describe how America has become a land void of virtue, no longer giving spiritual matters much thought. In other words, America has become increasingly secular. This is, in my opinion, untrue. Allow me to suggest [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:03-06:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, For Pastors, Opinion|0 Comments

The NEW Daily Office Booklet Is Here! September through December 2019

In case you didn't already get the news or the booklet through our email list, I wanted to let you know that Volume 3 of our Daily Office Booklet is out! You can purchase a physical copy of the booklet here. You can give us your email address in exchange for a PDF of the booklet here. This booklet will [...]

By |2019-08-27T16:20:02-05:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|0 Comments

How to Chant the Phos Hilaron (Tallis)

If you'd like to chant the Phos Hilaron, I recommend the following setting from The Hymnal 1982. "O Gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ," The Hymnal 1982, #25 "Phos Hilaron," Church of the Apostles in Seattle, WA It's not exactly the same, but you the following rendition(s) of the Phos are clearly based on the setting above by Thomas Tallis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfOGO1Usli8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bJDhda0UTk

By |2019-07-31T17:10:14-05:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |1 Comment

How to Do Morning Prayer in the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

Where do I start? Whether you're a Rookie Anglican or just "Angli-curious," perhaps you’ve heard of this new Book of Common Prayer 2019 (BCP 2019) and are asking yourself, “What is this thing?” or "How do I use it?" We've put together a "Rookie Anglican Guide" to the BCP 2019 for more information. However, if you'd like to dive right [...]

4 Useful Features of the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

(NOTE: Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA's 2019 BCP here.) The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has released its 2019 Book of Common Prayer! I asked Fr. Ben Jefferies (who worked on the Liturgy Task Force as has written about the 2019 BCP's typography and Daily Office Lectionary) what features of the new Prayer Book were especially [...]

Mini Prayer Books: “Field Guides” to Daily and Family Prayer, by Winfield Bevins

If you’re familiar with Anglican Pastor, you’ve probably seen the Daily Office Booklets I produce in order to make Morning and Evening Prayer more accessible. However, our Daily Office Booklets are (currently) PDFs designed to be printed and assembled at home. For our readers who are interested in purchasing physical booklets similar to the Daily Office Booklets, I try to [...]

By |2019-05-28T22:11:25-05:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |1 Comment

The NEW Daily Office Booklet is Here: Volume 2, May–August 2019

I've just finished putting together the latest Daily Office Booklet! This booklet will take you from May through August 2019. You'll notice a new front and back cover, featuring the new Anglican Pastor logo. I've also tried to integrate a simple way of abbreviating Morning and Evening Prayer if you're rushed for time. Simply do the sections with underlined headings. Other [...]

By |2019-04-05T21:10:19-05:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|0 Comments

Designed to be Read: The Architecture of the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary

(Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA's 2019 BCP here.) The Daily Office Lectionary (DoL) went through several layers of development during the five years of its existence in trial form. The final form as it appears in the Book of Common Prayer (2019) will look quite different to those who are accustomed to the 1979 DoL. Cranmer’s Preface [...]

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP): A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Prayer Book

You can’t be curious about Anglicanism for very long without running into the Book of Common Prayer—commonly abbreviated as the “BCP” or referred to as the “Prayer Book.” (Looking for specific information about the Anglican Church in North America's 2019 Book of Common Prayer? Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA's 2019 BCP here.) Common Prayer? More like complicated [...]

The ACNA’s New Daily Office Lectionary: A Summary & Review

After a series of revisions, the ACNA has released the “final” version of the Daily Office Lectionary that will be included in the ACNA Prayer Book (due to be published in 2019). (To learn more about what the Daily Office Lectionary is, click here.) Because I’ve been using the ACNA lectionary in the Daily Office Booklets I’ve made since Advent [...]

By |2020-05-22T14:47:30-05:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|0 Comments

Here’s the ACNA’s “Final” Daily Office Lectionary, in a Single Spreadsheet

I previously announced on this blog that there would be another ACNA Daily Office Lectionary revision before the release of the ACNA Prayer Book in 2019. Today, I'm happy to announce that, as of St. Andrew's Day (November 30) 2018, the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA] has released the latest and (hopefully) final revision of its Daily Office Lectionary. [...]

By |2020-05-22T14:47:55-05:00December 9th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments

How the Daily Office is Different from a “Quiet Time”

Prayer is paramount to our lives as Christians. As the 19th-century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote: Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. Saint John of Damascus defines prayer as: The raising of one's heart and mind to God. Raising our hearts and minds to God, however, is no easy task. We’re often taught or given particular [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:33:58-06:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |1 Comment

The New Daily Office Booklet for December 2018 is Here!

Click here to sign up to receive the latest Daily Office Booklet for December 2018! The new Daily Office Booklet uses the latest version of the ACNA's Daily Office Lectionary. It follows the civil calendar, incorporates the major liturgical feast days, and can be used on a one or two year cycle! I think it's pretty great. Please let me [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:04-06:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |6 Comments

3 Prayers to Pray During the Election

Because it's election season here in the United States, I thought I'd share the following prayer I composed for the election: Lord God, Almighty Father: Watch over our nation in these times. Casting a ballot is a privilege given to us by our Constitution and secured for us by citizens and patriots, past and present. May we exercise this freedom [...]

Try Out the New Daily Office Booklet this November

I'm in the process of creating the next Daily Office Booklet for December 2018. It will be released in the next few weeks, and you'll have to subscribe to our email list to receive it. However, I'd like to share a beta/draft version of the booklet that I've created for November 2018. It incorporates the latest version of the ACNA [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:09-06:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments
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