Liturgy/Daily Office

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Daily Prayer (Daily Office)

From the Book of Common Prayer 1979: [1]

See also online at | DailyOffice

The general format includes:

  1. Opening Sentences
  2. Confession of Sin
  3. The Invitatory and Psalter
  4. The Lessons
  5. Canticles
  6. The Apostles Creed
  7. The Prayers
  8. The Collects
  9. The General Thanksgiving / Closing

Opening Sentences

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:2I
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” – Psalm 122:1
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. – Psalm 43:3
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. – Habakkuk 2:20
The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. – John 4:23
Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite.” – Isaiah 57:15

Confession of Sin

See Prayers/Confession.

The Invitatory

Officiant Lord, open our lips.
People and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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

Then follows one of the Invitatory Psalms, Venite or Jubilate.

Venite (Psalm 95:1-7)

Come, let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

Jubilate (Psalm 100)

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.


The earth is the Lord's for he made it: Come let us adore him.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Come let us adore him.

The Psalms

See Liturgy/Psalter

After the Reading of each Psalm, the Prayer "Glory Be" may be included.

The Canticles

See Liturgy/Canticles

A canticle may be recited or sung after the reading of the Psalms.

The Lessons

  1. FIRST LESSON: A reading from the Old or New Testament
  2. SECOND LESSON: A reading from the Gospels

You can find these daily readings here:

After each Lesson the Reader may say:

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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

Officiant The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Officiant Let us pray.

The Lord's Prayer

See Prayers/Lord's Prayer, The

The Prayers of the People


Set A

Show us your mercy, O Lord; *
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness; *
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; *
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care; *
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth; *
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; *
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God; *
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Set B

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance; *
Govern and uphold them, now and always.
Day by day we bless you; *
We praise your name for ever.
Lord, keep us from all sin today; *
Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy; *
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope; *
And we shall never hope in vain.

The Collects

Go to Liturgy/Collects

after the Collects, a prayer for mission may be added.

General Thanksgivings (Closing)

Prayers and Thanksgivings

or: We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

A Prayer of General Thanksgiving may be prayed followed by:

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

or: Let us seek the Lord's blessing.


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

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. –Romans 15:13
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. –Ephesians 3:20,21

Related Resources (online)

Common Prayer

  • Common Prayer is a tapestry of daily prayers inviting faith communities from around the world to pray, sing, and act together. At this site, you’ll find prayers for every evening, morning, and midday that celebrate the best of the Christian tradition and engage with the most pressing issues of our world today.


  1. Marina Del Ray, CA: Julian Press. The Book of Common Prayer. 1979. New York: Seabury Press.