Evening Prayer

CandleDon’t forget that we have returned to offering Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the church. Come and join us if you are able.

Evening Prayer is a short worship service that marks the end of the day. If you cannot join us in person, there are versions of Evening Prayer that you can pray in the Book of Common Prayer. The Prayer Book has a section titled Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families that begins on page 136, with a service for In the Early Evening on page 139. This is a simple order of prayer that I highly recommend as a starting place if you are not comfortable with the larger Evening Prayer service, which can be found on page 115 for Rite II (contemporary language) or page 61 for Rite I (traditional language).

An Order of Compline, found on page 127, is also a simple evening service, usually prayed before bedtime.

There are also resources for the daily prayer online. One of my favorites (though bit advanced as it offers several options) is St. Bede’s Breviary. The Mission of St. Clare also has some online, preformatted versions of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (including from the New Zealand Prayer Book and in español.) The Book of Common Prayer is also available online.

Or, you could take 10-15 minutes for quiet prayer, scripture reading and thought. Whatever you choose to do, whether it is with us at the church, with the Prayer Book, with an online devotional, or your own private prayer time, a discipline of personal and communal prayer is a valuable practice. One of the promise we make in the Baptismal Covenant is to “continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers”. I encourage you to find the pattern that works best for you to fulfill that promise.

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