Introduction to Daily Prayer
Morning and Evening Prayer
From earliest times, Christians gathered at regular hours
during each day and night to respond to God's word with praise on
behalf of creation and with intercession for the salvation of the
world. By the fourth century, if not earlier, morning and evening
had emerged as the pre-eminent hours for the offering of this
sacrifice of praise.
The services of Morning and Evening Prayer help Christians of
our own day take part in this privelige and duty which belongs to
all God's people. They may be celebrated in a very simple form, or
enriched with a variety of optional chants and prayers.
Two forms of service for Morning and Evening Prayer are offered
A more detailed
introduction to Morning and Evening Prayer is available.
Night Prayer (Compline)
The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a
Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is
above all a service of quietness before the rest at the end of the
The Common Worship service of Night Prayer (Compline)
is offered here in contemporary language and in traditional
language (using the texts from the 1928 Prayer Book).