The Daily Office in the Ordinariate (Anglican) Use of the Roman Rite

Excellent essay by Tom Bako on the Daily Office.  To whet your appetite, here are the three main section:

The Anglican Office: A (Very) Brief Historical Overview

Reclaiming the Office for the Entire People of God

Reasons to Pray the Divine Office in the Ordinariate’s Anglican Use

In my Anglican days (as an Episcopalian in the 1980s), I found that most parishes offered either the Eucharistic liturgy or Morning Prayer, not both, as the common celebration of the liturgy on Sundays.  But the Prayer Book (in any of its forms, as far as I’m aware) has always intended both.  And the general sense in the Anglican tradition is that the term “liturgy” refers to both the Eucharistic liturgy and the Daily Office taken as whole (just as monasticism tends to regard the term “liturgy.”)

It was edifying, during my years of studying in England, to take part in the Daily Office faithfully prayed in cathedrals everywhere I happened to be, even in the provinces.

Though the Daily Office of the Prayer Book tradition does present a somewhat simpler form of the liturgy of the hours, to make it part of a parish’s regular worship nonetheless takes a bit of organization and commitment.  Praying the rosary in common will often be easier.  Beads are less involved than books.  But the bit of extra preparation, organization, and commitment pays off.

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  1. jbpauley says:

    Posting comments from Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.
    “The Divine Office is “the voice of the Church, that is of the whole mystical body publicly praising God” (SC, 99); it is seen as “the official prayer of the Church” (LC). Coming from Jesus Christ, the Office is seen as “that hymn which is sung throughout all ages in the halls of heaven” (SC, 83). The Church believes that she should be “ceaselessly engaged in praising the Lord and interceding for the salvation of the whole world” and that this is done “not only by celebrating the eucharist, but also in other ways, especially by praying the divine office” (SC, 83). The Divine Office “is truly the voice of the bride addressed to her bridegroom; it is the very prayer which Christ Himself, together with His body, addresses to the Father” (SC, 84).
    “One of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was to encourage the praying of the Divine Office amongst the people of God. “Pastors of souls should see to it that the chief hours, especially Vespers, are celebrated in common in church on Sundays and the more solemn feasts. And the laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office, either with the priests, or among themselves, or even individually” (SC, 100).
    “The Office is a “tradition going back to early Christian times” and “is devised so that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praises of God” (SC, 84). The praying of the Office is to make holy the entire day: Seven times a day I praise thee for thy righteous ordinances (Ps 119:164). Always rejoice. Pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all (1 Thes 5:16-18). Obviously, the praying of the Office isn’t meant to replace our heartfelt prayers to God, but that they supplement our prayers through the offering of the psalms, Collects, and Scripture passages to Almighty God. “[A]ll who render this service are not only fulfilling a duty of the Church, but also are sharing in the greatest honor of Christ’s spouse, for by offering these praises to God they are standing before God’s throne in the name of the Church their Mother” (SC, 85).
    “It was the hope that the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council, authorizing more Scripture readings in the Mass and the reform of the Hours, “will bring about a continuous meditation on the history of salvation and its continuation in the life of men” (LC). Blessed Paul VI, in authorizing the release of the reformed Liturgy of the Hours, along with the Second Vatican Council’s desire for the laity to participate in the Hours, said “By means of this new book of the Liturgy of the Hours…let there resound throughout the Church a magnificent hymn of praise to God, and let it be united to that hymn of praise sung in the courts of heaven by the angels and saints. May the days of our earthly exile be filled more and more with that praise which throughout the ages is given to the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb” (LC).”

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