Jottings: daily prayer in “ordinary time”


Andrew McGowen suggests [1] that daily prayer “could yet be fundamental in the next stages of rassourcement and of aggiornamento”—that is, both returning to sources and bringing up to date—of the Anglican tradition. And Anglicans everywhere can be involved: given digital technologies it's more than ever the case that anyone, any prayer group, any parish, can now make forms and orders for such prayer that draw on official and other sources from all over the place. In fact, some official resources encourage pray-ers and parishes to do just that, and liturgical leaders model it [2].

After speaking about the current diversity of daily prayer in the Anglican tradition [3], I was asked by a group of clergy  tired of A Prayer Book for Australia to model what Anglican forms of everyday prayer might now look like. There are many possibilities, but here is one attempt at my own jottings...


[2] Read the permissive guidance about how to use the Church of England’s Common Worship: Daily Prayer (London: CHP, 2006), and see the prayer book compiled by the bishop who served as chair of the group doing work on Common Worship: David Stancliffe, A Pilgrim Prayer Book (London: Mowbray, 2992).



Stephen Burns, "'Learning Again and Again to Pray': Anglican Forms of Daily Prayer, 1979-2014," in Journal of Anglican Studies 15 (2016): 9-36--



(Image: Courtyard at Society of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photos: Stephen Burns)