September 27, 2020

We are never alone. These daily prayers are a way for us to remain connected in our meaningful community in spite of physical separation. Want to join in live? For the foreseeable future, we will be livestreaming Mid-Day Prayer Monday – Thursday on the schedule below. Morning Prayer, Vespers, and Compline will be updated on this page for your convenience, and you are invited to pray them as you choose on your own. All are welcome.

Mid-Day Prayer 12:00pm PST (page 103 in the Book of Common Prayer)

To join on Jitsi, click here, and the video conference (encrypted, no downloads needed!) will open in a new window.
To join on Facebook, go to the Grace Memorial Episcopal page for a livestream.

[Please take a day of rest for Sunday, and attend the livestream of church at 10:00am on Youtube. The Daily Office will resume on Monday morning with Morning Prayers.]

What are the Daily Prayers?

Also called the Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office, or the Work of God (Opus Dei), Daily Prayers have been a part of community and public prayer life from the times of the earliest Christians. Today, thousands of Christians from many denominations around the world pray some version of these shared prayers together. Typically, morning prayer is used in hours near or just after sunrise. Mid-day prayer is offered around noon or “lunchtime.” Evening prayer, or “vespers,” is appropriate for the time around sunset, before it is completely dark. Night prayer, or “compline” may be used after dark or as the final communal act of prayer before going to sleep for the night.

These services, following an ancient pattern of congregational prayer, focus upon the praise of God, thanksgiving, and prayer for God’s creation rather than the proclaiming of the Word. Therefore, preaching and other devotional talks are not a part of these services.

Each order reflects a simple yet flexible pattern. The openings, hymns, songs of praise, responses to prayers, and Lord’s Prayer may all be spoken or sung, with or without accompaniment. Scripture and Silence are optional. These prayers are great to be used in any setting in which you find yourself. You don’t need anything at all in order to pray, but you can keep things around you (like a candle or a cross) that remind you of God when you pray.