Rich phrases, poignant and powerful
…the Daily Office offers us a chance to pray in union with Christians around the world, and to pray in words made familiar through long repetition.
The Confession, the psalms, the Scripture lessons and canticles, the Apostles’ Creed and the suffrages, the General Thanksgiving and St. Chrysostom’s “golden-tongued” prayer — far from heaped-up words, these are “rich phrases,” poignant and powerful.
There’s not a wasted word in the Daily Office, no needless repetition, no hedging, no hemming or hawing.
We simply pray in the way that our Lord taught us, and his early followers practiced, and the women and men of the desert whetted into sharpness, and the Benedictines rounded and smoothed seven times a day, and the choirs adorned with ravishing melodies, and Archbishop Cranmer organized, and the publishers bound with ribbons between leather covers, and the developers turned into a clean app and website so there’s no barrier to our praying.
So, when you pray … pray like this.