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 [...]

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

Aids to Anglican Worship: The Rosary

Throughout the history of the Church, the faithful have put various implements to use in guiding prayer, study, and devotion. Examples of these include: devotional crosses; icons and other imagery; prayer ropes, rosaries, and prayer beads; medallions to commemorate both the lives of saints and various feasts; as well as printed works such as study guides, commentaries, and inspirational literature. [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:18:39-05:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |7 Comments

There Will Be Another ACNA Daily Office Lectionary Revision Before the 2019 Prayer Book

After my last post about making the St. Mary's Day (2018-08-15) edition of the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary into a booklet, I reached out to the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force to ask about obtaining a spreadsheet version of the latest lectionary, instead of the PDFs currently available. There will be an upcoming St. Andrew's Day revision of the [...]

By |2019-01-03T16:16:02-06:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer, Miscellaneous|Tags: |6 Comments

Here’s the August 15, 2018 Version of the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary, in Booklet Form

In case you haven't noticed, the ACNA has been revising its Daily Office Lectionary over the past year. (You can access the latest versions of the ACNA liturgies here. If you want to learn more about what a Daily Office Lectionary is, read my introduction/guide here.) In the next version of our Daily Office Booklet, I plan to adopt the official [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:38-06:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |1 Comment

Want to Learn More about Anglican Collects? Check out These Resources

Blog Posts about the Collects Here at Anglican Pastor, we've got an ongoing series of reflections on the weekly Collects of the Christian Year. It's called "Collect Reflections," and you can read those posts here. If you'd like to dive even deeper into the rich content and history of the Anglican Collects, then I suggest you start with my introductory [...]

Aids to Anglican Worship: How Christian Imagery and Icons Can Help You Worship God

Christian Imagery Our Creator gave us physical senses to experience the world around us.  In His mercy and wisdom, He inspired His people to create various aids to worship that engage those senses. One category of such an aid is that of Christian imagery – images and artwork specifically intended to help in the act of worshiping God by providing [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:12-06:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |4 Comments

The Latest Daily Office Booklet is Here!

Great news! I've finished work on the latest version(s) of the Daily Office Booklet. Based on user feedback, I've created 3 different versions of the booklet. The first version continues to use the OLD ACNA LECTIONARY, based on the liturgical year. The second version uses the NEW ACNA LECTIONARY, based on the civil calendar. The third version uses my experimental [...]

Guest Post: Kentucky Teacher Protests and an Anglican Church

This guest post was provided by Kentucky teacher Heather M. Morgan, who is a member of St. Peter's Anglican Church, Frankfort, Kentucky. Many Kentucky teachers have been protesting low wages and inadequate funding. St. Peter's sits adjacent to the Kentucky state Capitol.   St. Peter's Anglican Church in Frankfort, KY has always been keenly aware of our location, just down the [...]

The Gift of the Bible

LeaderWorks was the power engine behind The Gift of Lent program that has made its way around the ACNA. We conceived the idea and, by God’s grace, were able to build the website and get the links set up. Many thanks (almost ALL thanks) to Kolby Kerr for his work. One of the cornerstones of the project was the daily [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:15:18-06:00March 18th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |2019-03-08T15:46:52-06:00March 11th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |5 Comments

Here’s a Top-Secret, Experimental, Two-Year Version of the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary for Morning and/or Evening Prayer

As I explain in my guide to the Daily Office lectionary, a lectionary simply tells you what passages to read during a prayer/worship service. So, if you're doing Morning or Evening Prayer, you use the Daily Office Lectionary to figure out what passages of Scripture you should read. The New (January 2018) ACNA Daily Office Lectionary The Anglican Church in [...]

Christian, Do the Daily Office: 5 Things You Can Learn from Morning and Evening Prayer

The Problem: We All Need to Grow, But We're Not Sure How Let's face it: to say the very least, we Christians all have room to grow when it comes to following Jesus. None of us has "arrived." There's always more to learn about who God is, what God has done, and how we can join God's mission to set [...]

By |2019-03-08T15:44:37-06:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |4 Comments

Here’s the New ACNA Daily Office Lectionary, Formatted in a Single Table

UPDATE: I've created an experimental, two-year version of the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary. Click here to access it. I recently wrote a Rookie Anglican guide to the Daily Office Lectionary. This was partially prompted by a reader's request for such an article. However, another reason the Daily Office Lectionary has been on my mind is that the Anglican Church in North [...]

The Daily Office Lectionary: A Rookie Anglican Guide

If you’ve been exposed to the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer, whether through our Daily Office Booklets or otherwise, you’ve probably noticed that there are different readings of Scripture each time - usually one from the Psalms, one from the Old Testament, and one from the New Testament. I don’t know about you, but the first time(s) I [...]

Collect Reflections: The Third Sunday of Epiphany

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The season of Epiphany is directed outward; it’s about the light that [...]

Collect Reflections: The Second Sunday of Epiphany

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The Second Sunday of Epiphany Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus [...]

Collect Reflections: The First Sunday after the Epiphany; The Baptism of Our Lord

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Epiphany-what? Sadly, the time for saying "Merry Christmas" has come to an [...]

Collect Reflections: The First Sunday of Christmas

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Have you ever had a hard "Christmas landing"? I have. I think [...]

The Fourth Sunday in Advent; Annunciation, A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Stir up your power, [...]

How to Lead a Daily Office Service (Morning or Evening Prayer) for a Group

Daily Office: Easier Said (Alone) than Done (With a Group)! In the interests of making the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer) more accessible, I've been putting together Daily Office Booklets for a while now. Ideally, with just a Bible and a booklet, you should be able to work your way through both Morning and Evening Prayer on your own [...]