Daily Office

With the spirit I shall pray, and with the mind:
Sing psaltries with the spirit, and with the mind also.
           — I Corinthians 14:15

The Daily Office reflects aspects of ancient monastic usage and comprises Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline.

Prayers said or sung before and after the Daily Office, including the Marian Antiphons, while not formally part of the current Daily Office of the Episcopal Church, have been hallowed by tradition and are available below.

For more on the tradition of the Daily Office in its monastic form, you may wish to read  about the Anglican Breviary.

Morning Prayer

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A Morning Prayer of St. Philaret of Moscow
  • O Lord, grant that I may meet the coming day in peace.
  • Help me in all things to rely upon Thy holy will.
  • In each hour of the day reveal Thy will to me.
  • Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
  • Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with the firm conviction that Thy will governs all.
  • In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings.
  • In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by Thee.
  • Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering
    or embarrassing others.
  • Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day
    with all that it shall bring.
  • Direct my will.
  • Teach me to pray.
  • Pray within me.
Evening Prayer

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Before the office

Aperi Domine:
Open Thou, O Lord, my mouth
to bless thy holy name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding; enkindle my affections; that I may pray this Office with attention and devotion, and so be meet to be heard in the presence of thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of St. Gertrude:
O LORD, in union with that divine intention wherewith thou thyself on earth didst render thy praises to God, I desire to offer this my prayer unto thee.

The Marian Antiphons
Alma Redemptoris Mater

NOTE: This  antiphon, with its versicles and prayers, is traditionally said or sung after Compline from the beginning of Advent through February 1.

Kindly Mother of our Redeemer, great portal of heaven ever open, the sea’s far-shining star: O succour thy people who though fallen strive to rise again. O thou who brought forth to all nature’s wonder, nature’s Lord, thine own Creator: Mother yet a Virgin ever more, who at Gabriel’s speaking didst receive the Ave: Towards us sinners shew thy pity.

Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray.
O GOD, who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast offered unto the human race the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech thee, that we may know the effects of her intercession, through whom we have deserved to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son. Amen.

Ave, Regina Caelorum

Ave Regina Caelorum is one of four Marian antiphons, with following versicles and prayers, traditionally said or sung after each of the canonical hours of the Liturgy of the Hours. The prayer is used especially after Compline, the final canonical hour of prayer before going to sleep. It is said from the Feast of the Presentation (February 2) through Wednesday of Holy Week.[3] The origins of the prayer are unknown but it can be found included in a twelfth-century manuscript.

HAIL, O Queen of Heav’n enthron’d,
Hail, by angels Mistress own’d
Root of Jesse, Gate of morn,
Whence the world’s true light was born.

Glorious Virgin, joy to thee,
Lovliest whom in Heaven they see,
Fairest thou where all are fair!
Plead with Christ our sins to spare.

V. Allow me to praise thee, holy Virgin.
R. Give me strength against thy enemies.

Grant, O merciful God, to our weak natures Thy protection, that we who commemorate the holy Mother of God may, by the help of her intercession, arise from our iniquities. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary,
R. Which bore the Son of the Everlasting Father.

Regina Caeli laetare

NOTE: The Regina Caeli, with its traditional versicles and prayers, is said throughout Eastertide—i.e., from Easter Day through Pentecost, which is the seventh Sunday after Easter. If Pentecost is celebrated with octave, the Regina caeli is said through the following Saturday.

During Eastertide the Regina Caeli is said or sung after compline before going to sleep, and in place of the Angelus.

QUEEN OF HEAVEN rejoice, alleluia;
For He Whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia,
Hath risen as he promised, alleluia:
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

Let us pray.

O GOD, Who by the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Salve, Regina

ALL HAIL our Queen : mother of mercies, hail!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope: all hail!

To thee we clamour, exiled brood of Eve,
to thee we sigh. We sob to thee, we grieve,
wandering weeping through this wretched vale.

Therefore, sweet champion, drop thine eyes to gaze
pitifully on us, that when our days
of exile here are done,
thou mayest show the Fruit thy blest womb bore,
and we may gaze upon Him evermore:
even on Jesus Christ, thy Son.

O merciful, O kind, O sweetest Lady!
All hail forever, maiden-mother Mary!

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, Who by the working of the Holy Spirit didst prepare both body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother, Mary, that she might deserve to be made a worthy dwelling for Thy Son, grant that we who rejoice in her memory, may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from present evils and from lasting death, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer After Office

To God Most Holy, in his Divine Majesty of Trinity in Unity;
To Jesus Christ, our Lord and God made man and crucified for us;
To blessed Mary Ever-Virgin, from whose glorious purity He took Flesh;
And to the entire Company of the Saints of God in heaven;
Be praise, honor, power, and glory from every creature on earth;
And likewise to us sinners may there by full remission of all our sins;
Throughout all ages, world without end. Amen

V. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the everlasting Father.
R. And blessed are the paps which gave suck to Christ the Lord.