How to Pray the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer


Part 1 – The Christian Year

Part 2 – Introducing the Book of Common Prayer

Part 3 – The Opening

Part 4 – The Psalms

Part 5 – The Readings

Part 6 – The Prayers

Part 7 – Making it Easy (in fact, brainless…)

Part 8 – Morning Prayer


Resources to pray the Office:

For Starters (keeping it simple):

Daily Office from the BCP – printable booklet with the portions from the BCP that cover the main prayer services

Daily Office Lectionary – printable booklet with the schedule of all of the Scripture readings for the two-year schedule

Reading Booklets with full text readings from the Daily Office Lectionary

Schemes for Praying the Entire Psalter – schedule for singing the psalms either monthly, bi-monthly or weekly

Amazon link to the standard (cheapest) print version of the BCP in either red or black

More advanced material (for greater variation and celebration of the Church Year):

Adapted orders for the “Little Offices,” Midday Prayer and Compline (bed-time prayers) with strong seasonal emphases. These can either complement the offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, or could stand alone as a more simple way to pray (for example, upon waking and right before bed). Prayer During the Day is about a 10 to 15 minute prayer time, while Compline takes about five minutes or so.

Midday Prayer (Prayer During the Day)  – bookletstandard

Compline – bookletstandard

Seasonal “proper” booklet – largely gleaned from the unfortunately out-of-print Prayer Book Office. The “Proper” is the part of the liturgy which varies according to the day and/or season. These propers propose various hymns, psalms, canticles and antiphons for every Sunday of the year and for each feast. These add further variation and richness by emphasizing the themes of each season.   bookletstandard

Psalm Antiphons – “Antiphons” are short sentences of Scripture or traditional material that are used with Psalms or Canticles in order to give them a specific (often seasonal or Calendar-related) emphasis. To use them, they are simply prayed (sung) before and after the Psalm, or alternately as a refrain periodically throughout the Psalm, every few verses or so.  I have compiled a set of seasonal antiphons from various sources (including the Prayer Book Office, the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours, the Roman Breviary and elsewhere) for the entire book of Psalms that can be used with the Psalms in your BCP or Bible. They are arranged by season – so throughout Advent, each psalm will use the antiphon labeled “Advent,” during the 12 days of Christmas, the antiphon labeled “Christmas,” during the entire season of Easter, the antiphon labeled “Easter,” etc.   bookletstandard.

Psalms with Antiphons –  Part 1 (Psalms 1-55)   booklet /   standard

Part 2 (Psalms 56-104)   booklet /   standard

Part 3 (Psalms 105-150)   booklet /   standard

See Also:

Developing a Consistent Prayer Life

Opposition to Written Prayers Comes from the Spirit of the Age (Developing a Consistent Prayer Life Part 2)

10 Responses to How to Pray the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer

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  3. Gregory Pierce says:

    Hi, parts 1-8 have been very helpful, but I do not seem to be able to access parts 9-12 can you help?
    Chaplain Gregroy

  4. John Bramhall says:

    The very simplest thing is to buy a 1928 BCP/KJV Bible combination. These are not cheap, but they are available. These typically come with plenty of ribbons already installed, but you ably have shown how to install more if need be. Then you have the Bible readings right there. Also, I prefer the KJV psalter to the BCP one, so this makes it handy. Thanks for your excellent web resource!

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  6. Kenneth says:

    John, even better is the 1662 BCP/KJV combo. You can get these on Amazon for under $50.

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  10. (The Rev.) Robert F Solon Jr says:

    Hi – just ran across these excellent resources to augment one’s observance of the Office. Really well done. I’m curious where you got your Psalm collects from – I didn’t check, but some of them at least look like they’re from the Liturgy of the Hours. Thanks!

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