Love of the Daily Office

What I come back to in between my spontaneous invocations, conversations with God,  rosaries late at night when I can’t sleep, prayers of desperation and intercessory pleas, examens of consciousness and conscience, praise and song. The Office gives my faith life structure, the liturgy of the hours from dawn and breaking fast, through noon and  into evensong, the liturgical cycles and seasons, the feasts of the saints, the rhythm and pace of the Church at prayer.


When I was a convert in the early 1980s, I was given a dark-blue Collins edition of the breviary and missal and a leather cover to protect whichever volume I was using. I used the coloured ribbons to mark places in the text and  read the Office on buses, trains, in hotel rooms and at home, in the workplace unobserved  at lunchtime. Now I read online with Universalis and sometimes Sacred Space. It has shaped my life for so long at so many levels.


Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:18-20)



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