The daily office (daily work) is part of an ancient Christian rule of life that involves praying at set times of the day a combination of adoration, confession, creedal, thanksgiving and intercessory prayers, combined with readings from Holy Scripture. It is practiced by Orthodox, Roman, and Protestant Christians alike.
When you participate in the office, millions of Christians world-wide are praying with you. When you finish praying, millions more are just beginning. And as you start again, millions will have just finished.
This is indeed a communal prayer that is unceasing, and has been unceasing for two thousand years.
To pray unceasingly…
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In the morning…
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.
In the early evening…
As our evening prayer rises before you, O God, so may your mercy come down upon us
to cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise for ever and ever.
Before you go to bed…
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Daily Prayer provided by the official web site of the Church of England, © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.
Artwork, from top to bottom: Edward Hopper, Albrecht Durer, Edvard Munch.
The Prayer Offices linked above are set by Greenwich Mean Time. This page is operated by USA Central Time. Therefore, the Evening and Night Prayers are linked backwards, so that at the CST appropriate prayer times (6am, 6pm, and 9pm), it should be correct. Your mileage, of course, may vary.