The Daily Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Noonday Prayer and Compline) is the core of Anglican Spirituality. These are times we set apart to commune with God. Most of us choose a favorite one and use it every day. Morning prayer is said before the work day begins; the Noon Office is used over lunch time; Evening Prayer is used around sunset or before dinner. Compline is a close of day prayer.
All of these help the faithful to slow down for a few minutes. The Office and the Daily Devotions include prayers, a selection from the Psalter, one or more canticles, readings from the Holy Scriptures, and the Lords Prayer The Officiant mentioned in the service may be a member of the clergy, a Worship Leader, or the individual reading alone.
The beautiful offices of Morning and Evening Prayer were developed by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) after the Anglican Reformation. He eliminated six of the Roman Catholic prayer services and reduced it to two, then wrote them in English. Noonday Prayer and Compline were introduced later.
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Collects for the Daily Office
Prayers and Devotions
Book of Common Prayer