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 I did, and I can report that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only was I saturated in the Scriptures themselves in a way I had never been before, but the structure and prayers of the office kept me grounded in the fertile soil of praise, penitence, the communion of the saints, and most of all, an awareness of grace, mercy, and the Gospel.
I’m happy to say that season extended into the present, and while I certainly miss days of Morning or Evening Prayer (or both), from time to time, the Office is a practice I continue to come back to, and a discipline I am always trying to develop further.
One challenge in incorporating the Daily Office into everyday life is that you don’t always have a BCP with you. When I first started praying the Office, there were a few apps and websites that included the Daily Office readings from the 1979 BCP along with the liturgies, and I often made good use of them on my phone, laptop, or tablet!
Nevertheless, I never could find one that did exactly what I wanted:
- Provide simple and easy to use list of the readings when I did have a physical book (to avoid fumbling in the back)
- Have the liturgies for the Offices displayed in a way that looked good and was easy to use across devices, without the readings inline.
Wait, why wouldn’t I want the Psalms and the lessons automatically displayed in their proper place?
Well, sometimes I follow the two-year lectionary, and sometimes I follow the one-year lectionary. Sometimes, I use the thirty-day Psalm cycle, and sometimes the eight-week cycle. I also occasionally stream Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer on Facebook live, and I want to be able to give people a simple link to the liturgies to follow along that’s simple and aesthetically pleasing.
While there were (are!) many outstanding projects that provide electronic access to the Daily Office from the 1979 BCP, nothing quite gave me the options I wanted, in a simple, flexible format.
When the 2019 BCP was released from the Anglican Church in North America, I couldn’t immediately find what I was looking for that text, either, so I decided to make it myself!
While I’m no programmer, I do have a basic grasp on creating websites, so I thought I could make something that would be simple, flexible, easy to use, and (hopefully) nice to look at with basic HTML.
The result is my new website, Anglican Daily Office.
How To Use AnglicanDailyOffice.Online
As soon as you arrive, you are greeted with a simple top menu that will take you immediately to the liturgies for Morning or Evening Prayer from the 2019 BCP, or the lectionary. The lectionary is organized by month, with each month given its own page as simple list of readings by day. The Collects of the Christian Year are included, along with collects for feast days (which are indicated with the party emoji for a bit of fun).
Below the main menu, you’ll find a blog that contains video from recent livestreams of the Daily Office on Facebook, links to articles, my own thoughts, and other resources pertaining the Daily Office as they surface.
The plan going forward is to add the supplemental offices (Midday Prayer, Compline), Devotions for Individuals and Families, and other supplemental material as time allows. Please feel free to let me know what you’d like to see on the site to make it more useful.
Here are a few tips and ideas to make the most of the Anglican Daily Office website.
- Bookmark this month’s lectionary or simply leave a browser tab with the month’s page loaded on your device. This way you’re only ever a couple of taps or clicks away from the day’s readings and collects.
- Even though the readings don’t appear inline as part of the liturgy page, there are handy links there to take you to the lectionary and/or the the thirty-day Psalter as needed. Open these in a new tab when you get there to keep your place in the Office liturgy.
- All Scripture references are linked, so you’ll always be able to tap on them to open the biblical reference in your browser. If you have the Logos Bible Study app on your device, links will open there, giving you access to your highlights, notes, and other resources.
And that’s that! The Anglican Daily Office website is an intentionally simple tool meant to allow you to pray the Office on the fly, in a variety of circumstances, on any connected device, without too much friction.
My prayer is that it will be a blessing to you as you approach the throne of heavenly grace every day.
Nathan R. Hale is a husband, father, priest, writer, and musician living in Phoenix, AZ. Find out more at nathanrhale.com