How to Pray the Daily Office
A step by step guide on how to use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer to pray the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer (American 1928).
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Morning Prayer or Matins (1928)
Evening Prayer or Evensong (1928)
The Litany has been of the most well-loved liturgies in the Anglican daily office tradition for almost 500 years. It is especially appropriate in penitential seasons such as Lent and Advent.
The Anglican litany was composed by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and published by King Henry VIII in the summer of 1544. The medieval litany of the saints, as well as Luther’s 1529 litanies, provided models and precedents, though the Anglican litany is unique in many ways.
The Litany’s use in church processions was ordered by Henry VIII when England was at war with Scotland and France. It was printed as an appendix to the eucharist in the 1549 BCP. The early prayerbooks called for use of the Litany after the fixed collects of Morning Prayer on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The 1928 BCP allowed the Litany to be used after the fixed collects of Morning or Evening Prayer, or before the Eucharist, or separately. The 1979 BCP titled the Litany “The Great Litany” (p. 148), distinguishing it from other litanies in the Prayer Book. The Great Litany may be said or sung.