If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It – SCLM and the Daily Office


This will be my last post on the SCLM for a while. But, I can’t resist saying a few words about the proposed Daily Prayer for All Seasons.  These thoughts come from a few places: 1) as a personal who regularly prayers the Daily Office; 2) having experienced one of the forms from Daily Prayer for All Seasons; and 3) thinking that the SCLM is doing too much.  This third point is self explanatory and I’ve already written about it here.

A few weeks ago, the General Convention deputation from the Diocese of RI gathered with clergy of the diocese to talk about what would be coming to General Convention.  Our meeting started with one of the forms from the Daily Prayer for All Seasons.  We used the Wisdom (Terce) form from Ordinary Time: Creation.  At the end of the time of prayer, those gathered at my tab

le were rather unimpressed.  When it was mentioned that this is done as a way to provide a short form of prayer for folks, several member at my table retorted, “Right, because 15 minutes a day is too much for Jesus” and other such comments.  We found some of the language to be a bit hokey, and left the impression of “uh” that was “interesting.”

It seems to me that these liturgies are a combination of the Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals (BCP p. 136-140) and Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours collection.  In regards to the Daily Devotions, the explanation to Resolution A055 states, “This new resource is intended as a complement to the Daily Offices and Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families in the 1979 BCP.”  I see nothing wrong with this hybrid of the Daily Devotions and Tickle’s The Divine Hours.  My problem, is that I see no reason why these need to be an authorized liturgy of the Church.  Lots of people publish their own devotional material and prayer books.  One example that I’m looking forward to picking up is Jenifer Gamber and Sharon Ely Pearson’s work Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People.  It would be easy enough for those folks who worked on the Daily Prayers for All Seasons to find a publisher like Church Publishing or Forward Movement and put out these resources.

ImageThe Daily Office has worked fine for centuries, and in today’s technological era it is so easily accessible with this app or that app and online resources.

Every liturgy the SCLM produces does not need to be an authorized liturgy. This is a great example of that.


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2 responses to “If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It – SCLM and the Daily Office

  1. Kit

    For some of us who are trying to use the daily office with young families, it SOOOOO doesn’t work. We’ve used the ones from Alaska, I htink, that are somewhat similar. They are self contained, which is essential if you are running mayhem and trying to corral small ones, in the same way that Compline is self contained and continuous. I don’t recommend easier or LCD for everyone all the time, but it IS good to have somethig that’s accessible for those who don’t have lots of free minutes or hands.

    • Kit – I understand what you’re saying. But, couldn’t we create prayer resources for all different kinds of people in all different situations without making said liturgies “authorized”? There are plenty of great prayer resources that haven’t come through General Convention.

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