Daily Office Booklet: Pray the Daily Office with This Booklet and a Bible
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: The full/official ACNA liturgies can be found here.
If you’d like an overview of the Christian year, check out the post “What Time Is It?”.
How to download and print the latest Daily Office Booklet
1. Subscribe to Anglican Pastor’s email list to receive the Daily Office Booklet
As long as you’re on our email list, you’ll get updated when future Daily Office Booklets are released.
2. You’ll then receive an email to confirm your subscription
- Click the link to go to the PDF
- Download the PDF
3. Print 2-sided (short edge), fold, and staple
- Print this PDF two-sided, flipping the pages on the short edge.
- NOTE: The PDF is already formatted to be printed as a booklet.
- So, don’t print it in “booklet” format. Just print it two-sided, flipping the page on the short edge.
- Take the stack of printed pages, fold in half, and staple. I like to use this long reach stapler for this purpose.
Now what? How do I use the Daily Office Booklet?
Great question. First, two things:
- The Daily Office Booklet is designed to be used TWICE a day, in the Morning and the Evening.
- That’s the default setting, if you will.
- However, you can adapt it for use if you pray only ONCE a day.
- You’ll need a Bible each time you use the Daily Office Booklet.
- Read the included instructions at the beginning of the booklet.
Prayerfully read (either out loud if you’re praying with a group, or silently to yourself if praying alone) the written verses and prayers.
- If you’re praying with a group, I’ve indicated with asterisks (*) which sections should be read by a leader. Otherwise, read things in unison.
- When you see “one of the following” or something similar in a heading, that means you have a couple options to choose from. Pick one from each section.
- Some things are only read in the MORNING or in the EVENING, as indicated.
- Some things, like the Apostles’ Creed and Lord’s Prayer, are read every single day, every time you pray, whether in the morning or the evening.
Read the indicated Scripture readings, either all the readings for the day, or just half.
If you pray TWICE a day…
- and you want to make it through the lectionary/reading cycle in ONE year:
- read the readings exactly as written.
- and you want to make it through the lectionary cycle in TWO years:
- do the readings for Morning Prayer (on the left page) in odd-numbered years, one at Morning Prayer and one at Evening Prayer
- do the readings for Evening prayer (on the right page) in even-numbered years, one at Morning Prayer and one at Evening Prayer
If you pray ONCE a day…
- and you want to make it through the lectionary cycle in ONE year:
- do all the readings for both Morning and Evening Prayer when you pray. (Heads-up: that’s a lot to read each day!)
- and you want to make it through the lectionary cycle in TWO years:
- read both lessons for Morning Prayer (on the left page) in odd-numbered years when you pray that day.
- read both lessons for Evening Prayer (on the right page) in even-numbered years when you pray that day.
How should I read the Psalms?
Each time you pray, you should have at least one reading from the Psalms.
If you pray twice a day, then you can either read through the Psalms every 60 days or every 30 days by following the indicated Psalm tables in the booklet.
If you pray once a day, then you’re kind of on your own to keep track of your reading of the Psalms.
- Either “double up” and read all the Psalms for the day at one time to stay on pace with the 60- or 30-day Psalm cycle.
- OR, just read one Psalm/section at a time, and cross them off with a pen or pencil as you go along to keep track.
What do I do with the Collects?
First, what’s a collect?
Usually pronounced “COLL-ect,” according to the ACNA Catechism:
> A collect is a form of petition that collects the people’s prayers. Over the centuries, the Church has gathered its most cherished prayers to mark times and seasons. They are embodied for Anglicans in the Book of Common Prayer.
To learn more about the Collects of the Christian Year, read “What is a Collect?” and “Announcing Collect Reflections: Reflecting on the Collects of the Christian year.”
Pray the collect for each Sunday for the following week.
This is the most important thing you need to know about the collects in order to use the Daily Office Booklet.
- Usually, you start using a collect on a certain Sunday morning.
- Then, you pray that collect every time you pray the Daily Office (in the morning and/or evening) for the following week.
- The only time this gets interrupted is when there is a special day in the Christian Year and a collect for that particular day.
So, for example, on All Saints Day (November 1), instead of praying the collect for the previous Sunday, you would pray the collect for All Saints Day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s it cost?
The Daily Office Booklet is currently available free of charge.
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)
If you’d like to learn more about what a “Daily Office Lectionary” is, click here to read a guide I put together.
Why are there readings from the Apocrypha included?
I recently wrote a blogpost to answer this question! Click here to read it.
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!