Sunday Morning Forum 6: Daily Office 3

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Daily Office 3: The Lessons, The announcement of a Lesson, The Response, Canticles, 1-21, The Apostles Creed

Daily Office in Review

  • MP and EP are “regular services appointed for public worship” (BCP 13). They are just assumed to be a part of the fabric of daily Christian living. Thoughts?
  • The Daily Office derives in part from the saying of the daily prayer of the Shema by the people of Israel (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
  • Private and family prayer has always been a part of the faith, but how can we understand the relationship between private and corporate prayer in our community?

Morning Prayer

The Lessons, The announcement of a Lesson, The Response

  • The Office is a liturgy of the Word and sermons may be given. Discuss the relationship between the “breaking open of Scripture” here and the breaking of bread at Eucharist.

Canticles, 1-21

  • Canticles are psalm-like hymns usually taken from scripture. They are generally hymns of praise meant to complete the movement of the Office from penitence to praise.
  • Kyrie Pantokrator (BCP 90-1) is primarily penitential, used in Lent and on Fridays (at St. Joseph’s), but concludes with praise.
  • Te Deum and Benedictus are the traditional MP canticles.

The Apostles Creed

  • After going from penitence to praise, the Creed serves as a transition in the Office from praise to “common prayer.” How do you understand praying in common?
  • As the old Roman baptismal creed, the Apostle’s Creed is a renewal of the baptismal covenant in the Daily Office. Our common baptism, then, becomes the ground of our common prayer.
  • Read together Ephesians 4:1-6. In what ways do you see this “oneness” lived out at St. Joseph’s?

Sources:

  • The Book of Common Prayer
  • Hatchett, Marrion J. Commentary on the American Prayer Book. The Seabury Press: 1980.
  • Mitchell, Leonel L. Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on The Book of Common Prayer. Morehouse Publishing: 1985.