The Daily Office is a daily pattern of prayer, rather than a weekly one focused on the Lord’s Day, or a yearly one focused on Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. However, not just any pattern will do.  Neither private or personal “devotions” on the one hand, nor corporate “prayer meetings” or “group devotions” on the other, automatically qualify. Rather, the Daily Office reflects the historic prayer of the Church related to “canonical hours” – those specified times that are a measuring stick (a “canon”) for our prayer life together.  Both this historic pattern and the services within it are spoken of as an “office,” that is,  a task or responsibility entrusted to us


An Overview of the Daily Office

The Ordo of Time in Christian Liturgy