The Daily Office

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Hours for Daily Prayer After the Use of The Order of Saint Luke

Here are the liturgies for each of the hours, commentaries on those hours, and indices to the psalms and hymns of the hours. These are the basic liturgies that are included in the published volumes of the Daily Office, plus reference material. These files may be downloaded. They are in Adobe PDF format.

The Collect for the Order of Saint Luke

O Shepherd of us all, who inspired your servant Saint Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of Jesus: Grant, we ask you, your Spirit to the Order of Saint Luke, that we may proclaim faithfully the Apostolic hope, magnify the Sacraments, and bring your healing grace to the whole Church; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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O shepherd of us all, whose gifts are that some should be pastors and teachers: Grant, we ask you, your Spirit to the Order of Saint Luke, that we may faithfully administer your holy Word and Sacraments and bring your healing grace to all those committed to our care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Tan Card Rite

One of the original forms of The Order's Office rite was the so-called "Tan Card" rite. This rite continues to be published and sent to new members. The newest version of the Tan Card rite is a bilingual version in Spanish and English. Two versions of this rite are available for download:

Bilingual folded version (print back to back)

Separate Spanish and English versions (print back to back and cut out)

Overview of the Daily Office

The Apostle Paul writes: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit" (I Thessalonians 5:16-19). However, we also know that focused times of prayer are essential, for in them we are formed in such a way that we can live into Paul's admonition. Setting aside times for prayer is already part of the spirituality of our Jewish forbears in the faith, for in the psalms we read: "Seven times a day I praise you." (Psalm 119:164a) Patterns for daily prayer were inherited and carried on by the New Testament church, and even though set patterns took centuries to develop, the punctuation of each day with prayer is present in the Church's life from the beginning.

Overview of the Daily Office
The Shape of the Daily Office


The Daily Office and the Church Year


Office of Morning Prayer Office of Evening Prayer

Vigil Office

Diurnal (Daytime) Offices

Office of Compline


Commentary on the Daily Office


Commentary on Morning Prayer

Commentary on Evening Prayer

Commentary on the Vigil Office

Commentary on Diurnal and Compline


Commentary on Daily Bible Reading & Offices


Companions on a Similar Journey

A Comprehensive Lectionary for Daily Prayer and Praise

Reading the Bible Day by Day

Indices of Hymnody Appropriate to the Daily Office

Index of Psalms

Index of First Lines of Hymns

Index of Text Authors of Hymns

Index of Hymn Texts by Century

Copyright, License, and Source Details


The liturgies are copyright © 2004 by The Order of Saint Luke. You are free to reproduce these materials, providing the copyright is not held by another publisher, for use in the church or by chapters and members of The Order by including the following credit line and copyright notice:


Reprinted from The Ordinary of The Order of Saint Luke for the Daily Office, copyright © 2004 by The Order of Saint Luke. All rights reserved. Used by permission.



The overviews of the Office, and of the Church Year as it is found in the printed volumes, as well as the commentaries and the indices are all copyright © 2004 by Dwight W. Vogel, O.S.L.

These works are licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Source Details

All references in the Commentaries to "Taft" are to the following work:

Robert Taft, The Liturgy of the Hours in East of West: The Origins of the Divine Office and Its Meaning for Today (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1986).

The following are the sources for material in the liturgies:

The English translation of the psalms and biblical canticles are from The Liturgical Psalter © 1994, 1995, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. all rights reserved. [ICEL]

Scripture notations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.

[ANZPB-HKMOA] refers to copyrighted material taken from A New Zealand Prayer Book - He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa and are used with permission.

[BCP] are from The Book of Common Prayer (New York: The Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979)

[CCP] are taken from Celebrating Common Prayer: A Version of the Daily Office SSF copyright © 1992, The European Province of the Society of St Francis, and are used by permission.

[DWV] are the work of Br Dwight W. Vogel, Past Abbot of The Order of Saint Luke and Editor and Compiler of The Daily Office: A Book of Hours for Daily Prayer (Akron, OH: The Order of Saint Luke)

[ICET] are © International Consultation on English Text, 1275 K St, NW, #1202, Washington, DC 20005-4097. Used by permission.

[TJC] are the work of Br Timothy J. Crouch, Past Chaplain-General of The Order of Saint Luke.