The Daily Office Probably isn't What You Think
September 25th, 2014 | John Chandler
There is a longstanding Christian tradition called the Daily Office, though it isn’t as widely known of late. It is kind of, kind of, what it sounds like.
The word office is rooted in the Latin word for work: ‘Opus’. It is a practice of recognizing set times throughout the day to participate in the work of God through prayer and readings. As we spend time this fall thinking about what it means to see time as a sacred reality, it’s a daily practice we invite you to consider as a way of seeing God’s sacred touch on your days.
There are any number of ancient and contemporary tools you can use to practice the Daily Office, but here are two we think could be helpful for you:
- The Daily Office, by Peter Scazzero
This is a simple and thoughtful ebook with two daily and brief reflections. You can determine what mix of morning, mid-day, and evening you might engage with it five days a week as a way of wrangling God’s greater reality into your day to day.
- Pray as You Go
This is a daily podcast, about 10-13 minutes, designed to guide you through reflections for your day. It works well for making the most of a commute, but also might be best served as a tool to orient the first moments of your day at your desk or wherever you find yourself.