Daily Offices

Weekdays at 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 5:00 pm

The daily offices of Morning Prayer, Midday Prayers, and Evening Prayer are led by students Monday through Friday at 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 5:00 pm respectively. Morning and Evening Prayer are simple services, less than 30 minutes long, usually said, that centre around the recitation of psalms and the reading of Scripture. Midday Prayers is a simple 7-minute prayer service that offers a brief respite from the labours of the day. ‘Office’ here comes from a Latin word meaning ‘work’ or ‘service’ — i.e. of prayer, the work of the monastery. The Daily Offices of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer are intended to be a reconstitution of the daily pattern of prayer of a monastery in a form that can be kept up at any church.

On Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, and Thursday evenings, the office is shortened, and is followed immediately by Holy Communion. On Thursday evenings, shortened Evening Prayer begins at 4:45 so that the Choral Holy Communion may begin at 5:00. On Wednesday evenings, Evening Prayer is sung by the Chapel Choir, and thus called Evensong.

On Fridays, Morning Prayer is sung to plainchant, including the psalms, and this is followed by the sung Litany. Evening Prayer on Fridays is also sung to plainchant. In addition, every Friday at Evening Prayer during term, a student gives a meditation on a topic of their choosing.