The Daily Office

The Daily Office is an ancient tradition that appoints a specific set of prayers and readings for each day: one for morning and one for evening. If you feel the call to a disciplined liturgy daily or just occasionally, you'll find a useful form of prayer here.

This short service is from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, and here each new service, curated twice daily for Morning and Evening, is illustrated by art and video that spur a little contemplation. 

The Daily Office material below is from the Book of Common Prayer 1979, provided by Forward MovementFollow this link to view Forward Day by Day, daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

Another online site to pray the Daily Office is which can be found here

Evening Prayer for Tuesday After Proper 15

The Invitatory and Psalter

V: O God, make speed to save us.
R: O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


O Gracious Light Phos hilaron

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Psalm 124 Nisi quia Dominus

  If the LORD had not been on our side, *
let Israel now say; 
  If the LORD had not been on our side, *
when enemies rose up against us; 
  Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
in their fierce anger toward us; 
  Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
and the torrent gone over us; 
  Then would the raging waters *
have gone right over us. 
  Blessed be the LORD! *
he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth. 
  We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
the snare is broken, and we have escaped. 
  Our help is in the Name of the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 125 Qui confidunt

  Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, *
which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever. 
  The hills stand about Jerusalem; *
so does the LORD stand round about his people, from this time forth for evermore. 
  The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted to the just, *
so that the just shall not put their hands to evil. 
  Show your goodness, O LORD, to those who are good *
and to those who are true of heart. 
  As for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the LORD will lead them away with the evildoers; *
but peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 126 In convertendo

  When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream. 
  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy. 
  Then they said among the nations, *
"The LORD has done great things for them." 
  The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed. 
  Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev. 
  Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy. 
  Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Psalm 127 Nisi Dominus

  Unless the LORD builds the house, *
their labor is in vain who build it. 
  Unless the LORD watches over the city, *
in vain the watchman keeps his vigil. 
  It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep. 
  Children are a heritage from the LORD, *
and the fruit of the womb is a gift. 
  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
are the children of one's youth. 
  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
he shall not be put to shame when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

A reading from John 5:30-47

"I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John's. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"

Here ends the Reading.

The Song of Mary Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * 
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: * 
the Almighty has done great things for me, 
and holy is his Name. 
He has mercy on those who fear him * 
in every generation. 
He has shown the strength of his arm, * 
he has scattered the proud in their conceit. 
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly. 
He has filled the hungry with good things, * 
and the rich he has sent away empty. 
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * 
for he has remembered his promise of mercy, 
The promise he made to our fathers, * 
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

V: The Lord be with you.
R: And also with you.
Let us pray.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Suffrages B

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat you, O Lord.

That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat you, O Lord.

That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may depart this life in your faith and fear,
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in
the communion of [________ and] all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

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