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Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words....

The Book of Common Prayer has many prayers suitable for personal devotion.  The Daily Office includes morning, noon, evening, and compline (night) services that can be used alone or in common with others.  Morning and evening prayer can be said in the traditional language (Rite I) or in contemporary language (Rite II).  These services have their ancient origins in the monastic traditions of the middle ages, where monks and nuns "prayed the hours" seven times a day (as many still do today...)

Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families start on page 136.  This section includes shorter, single page services each for morning, noon, evening, and compline.  These are perfect for busy people who want to make time for prayer a few times during the day.

The Book of Common Prayer includes The Psalter, the 150 Psalms of David, and has two lectionaries for those who want to read the Bible as part of their daily devotions.  The weekly lectionary includes Sunday (and special day) readings that will complete most of the Bible in three years.  The Daily Lectionary completes The Bible in a two year cycle (as well as the entire Psalter in seven week cycles). 

In The Book of Common Prayer, there are prayers (adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition)  for every occasion imaginable.  Some are ancient, from the earliest days of the church, and many were composed in modern times. 

Why not establish the daily habit of prayer and scripture reading in your own life?  You may find comfort in knowing that, as you pray alone or with a small group of others, you are really praying to God in common with thousands in the "communion of saints".

Click on the links below for more information:
The Book of Common Prayer (online)
Online Episcopal Lectionary
The Daily Office from The Book of Common Prayer Online
Forward Movement
Oremus Online Hymnal
Synopses of the Gospel
Hypertext Book of Hours
Prayer and Blessing, a Method
Sacred Space, by the Irish Jesuits

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed (Mark 1:35)....

Holy Cross Monastery is an Episcopal, Benedictine Community of the Order of the Holy Cross.  It is located on twenty-six magnificent acres on the west bank of the Hudson River in the Village of West Park, New York.

St. Edmund's Retreat on Enders Island is a  haven of nautical peace and Roman Catholic prayer on Enders Island, in Mystic, Connecticut.

Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut is a a conference and retreat center for human development. and a sponsored work of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy.

The Brothers of the Society of Saint John Evangelist offer hospitality to those seeking a place of quiet and renewal at the monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at Emery House in West Newbury, Massachusetts,


Just as the seasons change, our need to pray for those who share our faith around the world never ceases....

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer: this prayer cycle includes a remembrance for all the Provinces and Bishops of the Anglican Communion and a daily lectionary of psalms and scripture.

The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut Cycle of Prayer: This prayer cycle begins the end of August for one calendar year, and includes all the congregations, parishes and institutions within the diocese. Those clergy who are non-stipendiary, retired or employed as military chaplains or serve overseas or elsewhere in this country are periodically remembered by group as are certain organizations. The Dioceses of our former Caribbean Companion Relationship -- Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico -- are each remembered for three months of the year. Parishes (and missions) from Colombia, our Diocesan Companion in Mission, are each remembered twice in this cycle, along with their bishop and leaders. A complete list of diocesan parishes is posted separately.

O God, by your grace you have called us at St James and St Margaret's to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our clergy, and all our people. Grant that, in both our parishes, your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Click picture to open page for St Margaret's Episcopal Church -Gallowgate, Aberdeen, Scotland

St. Margaret’s is a Scottish Episcopal Church in the city centre of Aberdeen. They are in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney which, like St James, is part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

Prayers for peace, for our armed forces, for our country, for our enemies.... Read More
"Katharine, Bishop in the Church of God, we have looked forward to your coming with great joy. In the name of Christ, we greet you,"... with these words began the investment ceremony for our new Presiding Bishop at the National Cathedral. Pray for her success in turbulent times... Read More

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