Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

How to Pray the Daily Office

There is no better habit to start for autumn than praying the Daily Office!  The Daily Office was designed so that EVERYONE could be praying at home or at Church.  You will need a 1928 Book of Common Prayer (available from the ushers) and a bible, plus a copy of each week’s Chronicle to follow the appointed daily bible lessons (called a Lectionary).  The Lectionary is the front of the prayer book and also in The Parish Chronicle

Items with * are optional.


MP=Morning Prayer page EP=Evening Prayer page

The Sentences (chose one or two)*
MP 3–5 EP 22, 23
Confession, Absolution*
MP 5–7 EP 23, 24
Lord’s Prayer (*if said later)MP 7 EP 24Preces (“O Lord, open thou our lips…”)MP 7 EP 25Venite (MP only)MP 9 Psalm – See Lectionary 
First Canticle – Choose one
MP 10–4 EPThe Magnificat, 26
First Reading – See Lectionary

Second Reading – See Lectionary
Second Canticle – Choose another
MP 10–14 EP – Nunc Dimittis, 28

Apostles Creed
MP 15 EP 29
Lord’s Prayer (if not said earlier)
MP 16 EP 30
Versicles and Responses
MP 16 EP 31
Collect from Sunday – See bulletin
Collect for Peace and Grace/Aid
MP 17 EP 31
Any other Collects you would like* 
General Thanksgiving*
MP 19 EP 33
The Grace
MP 20 EP 34