Prayer is vital to the Christian life. The people of God must be people of prayer, because in prayer we meet with him and allow him room to form us. But prayer is also hard, especially when life gets crazy. Sometimes it's helpful to have a guide and a form to help us pray.
The Daily Office is one such guide. It draws heavily on the Bible, the historical Christian faith, and the church's calendar, all with the goal of planting the pray-er in rich spiritual soil. It's been proven valuable by generations of Christians, and it continues to be a useful discipline today.
The Office is a tool. It's helped by consistency and by patience, so pray even when you don't feel like it, trusting that God will work. He will.
How to Use the App
This app, and the Office, is meant to be a resource for you. There's not a “right” or “wrong” way to use it. If you want the simple version:
- Open the prayer for the current time of day.
- Take a look at the Options, and adjust as needed.
- Pray through the prayers and read the Scriptures. If praying in a group, the responsive prayers work like this:
- The leader reads the parts with an asterisk (*).
- Everyone else reads the italicized text.
This is a work in progress! If you have any suggestions or other feedback for me, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credits and Copyright
The Daily Office texts are from THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (2019), published by the Anglican Church in North America. The content of the Book of Common Prayer (2019) is not under copyright, and the ACNA has granted permission for its reproduction in this app.
Anglican Compass publishes a Daily Office guide which inspired this app. The simplified Morning and Evening Prayer offices as presented here, as well as the makeup of the shorter version of each, were borrowed and developed from their work. The "Petitions, Intercessions, and Thanksgivings" prompts in these two Offices were taken from AC's guide with their permission.
This application was designed and developed by Nathan I. Allen (churchwebery.com) and is © 2020–21 Nathan I. Allen. I also modified the original text for the "praying by yourself" versions.