Vineyard Daily Office

The Daily Office is a way of praying that has been around for a long time. From the time of the early church fathers and the desert monks through today, people have been praying a type of the Daily Office for thousands of years. With liturgies for Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline, tied together by a liturgical calendar and established readings in the Psalms, Old Testament, and New Testament, the Daily Office helps us to live everyday as part of His incredible story. The word ‘office’ in the Daily Office is used in this context to mean ‘service’. Daily Office means the service of the day.

The monks had developed the Daily Office over the years to include prayer times at dawn, before work, at 9:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 3:00 PM, Sunset, before bed, and during the middle of the night. However, I am not a monk and so I do not pray all of these prayers every day. My regular routine is to pray the Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer every day. I also pray the Noonday Prayer and Compline as often as possible. The Vineyard Daily Office Morning and Evening Prayers have been adapted from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for our purposes.

Included in these prayer times are Bible reading plans that in the course of a year will take you through the entire Old Testament once, the entire New Testament twice, the Book of Psalms fourteen times and the Book of Proverbs twenty-five times. The order for reading the Psalter comes from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The other readings are derived from a Bible Reading plan developed by Robert Murray M’Cheyne in the early 1800′s.

For me, the Daily Office is a way of praying that makes me feel connected to the church historical. The simplicity and repetition of the Daily Office provide a source of great comfort. It allows me to think about where I am each day in the salvation story. It gives me a sense of being a part of His incredible story, connected by a type of shared prayer throughout generations. Links for the Vineyard Daily Office can be found below.

Morning Prayer

Noonday Prayer

Evening Prayer

Compline

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