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.


Sacramental Life Guide for Writers

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The purpose of Sacramental Life is to provide help for persons who have responsibility for the worship and sacramental life in the local church. We seek articles that are practical as well as being historically and theologically sound.

Some of the most effective work comes out of the challenges faced by those who serve local congregations. We often have to provide liturgical leadership in situations that are extraordinary. We seek to meet people’s spiritual needs in ways that are responsible to, but not held back by, our traditions.

Our readership is centered in, but not limited to, the United Methodist Church. While most are ordained ministers and many are members of the Order of St. Luke, an increasing number are neither. They are aware of the need for sound worship practices and frequent celebration of the sacraments are always looking for ways to expand their knowledge in these areas.

Articles are to be written according to the following guidelines:

1. Articles are to address an issue that deals with some aspect of worship, liturgy, sacraments, or the spiritual life.

2. Sermons are not acceptable (unless specifically requested). Material first presented as a sermon should be rewritten.

3. Articles should be approximately 2000-3000 words in length. Works cited should be incorporated in the article or in endnotes.

4. The Editor has the right to edit all materials.

5. Manuscripts solicited by the editors are due 60 days from the date of acceptance by the writer.

Submissions may be sent to: Br. Evan W. Dodge, OSL Editor, Sacramental Life This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Rule of Life and Service

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The Rule of Life and Service of The Order of Saint Luke is a primary means of spiritual formation by which all members covenant to live. Each member vows to abide by this Rule and to indicate their commitment by study, service, gifts and practice.

We affirm the apostolic hope:

With the apostles and the Church through the ages, we affirm Jesus Christ, Sacrament of the presence of God, as the source of our hope. We take our name from St. Luke the Evangelist, and seek to be incorporated into the paschal mystery he proclaims. We pray that we may be formed by the Incarnation, life, death, resurrection, ascension, gift of the Holy Spirit, and coming again of Jesus Christ. We are sent forth to proclaim and to live the hope that good news brings.

We live for the Church of Jesus Christ:

We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and we are called to worship, learning, community, and service as members of that Body. We affirm our fidelity to oneness in Christ in the Church truly catholic, truly apostolic, truly evangelical, and truly reformed which supersedes all division by denomination, and which we believe God will gather from a broken Christendom. Our mission includes calling the Church to liturgical and sacramental renewal, and seeking to bring the healing grace of Christ to all Creation.

We seek the sacramental life:

We are called to become aware of God’s presence through eucharistic living. We seek to live out our baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. We receive with gratitude all that God has given us and offer it up to God. We receive it again from God, transformed to use for the sake of the world. We join the Church though the ages and around the world in recognizing that all time is in God’s hands. As we faithfully pray the Daily Office, and live so as to embody our prayers, we endeavor to live the sacramental life. By so doing, we seek to be formed as a means of grace for all those we meet and serve in Christ’s name.

loafbeigeWe promote the corporate worship of the Church:

We believe that the corporate worship of the Church is liturgy — the work of the people on behalf of all creation — which is our response to the revelation of God’s grace. Through our collective memory and our shared hope, the Holy Spirit acts in Word and Sacrament making present to us the saving acts of God and transforming us so that we can be God’s people. Through our worship, we seek the glorification of God and the sanctification of the Church. This worship is offered in the name of the community which claims it as the manifestation of its own identity and mission.

We seek to encourage the Church to worship with vitality and integrity, appropriating the rites and services of the Church, historically and ecumenically grounded, which enable us to worship together in the name of Jesus Christ. We honor the worship traditions of the past and seek to be open to new ways of expressing the heritage of faith they embody in ways that speak to us and for us in the present. We witness to the saving and transforming work of God which renews us in Christ’s Body, the Church, through the continual offering up of our lives to God.

We magnify the sacraments:

We believe that the sacraments are Christ’s gift to the Church. Individually and corporately we are called to lift up these mysteries in the life of the Church as means of grace through which we are formed as Christian disciples.

Through the baptismal covenant, we are incorporated into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God calls us to live out the redemptive, liberating, justice-seeking ministry of Jesus. We seek to deepen our understanding of the Church, of the significance of the baptismal covenant, and the Eucharist for Christian discipleship and service.

We believe that the Eucharist re-presents the life-gift of Jesus Christ in which the living spirit of Christ is truly present to us, preserving and reforming Christ’s Body, the Church. Frequent celebration of the Eucharist forms us in the sacramental life empowering us to become Christ’s healing presence in the world.

We accept the call to service:

By virtue of our baptism, God calls each us to ministries which are a proclamation of Christ, seeking wholeness for Creation.Through sacramental, prophetic, and pastoral ministries we turn in openness and love to the world. We identify with the whole community of humankind, especially those who live on the margins, and invite people to touch our lives as we touch their. Thus may all know the perfect joy of being reconciled with God. In community with our brothers and sisters, we seek to discern ways in which we are called to serve God in The Order, the Church, and the world.

Adopted in the present form by the Council of The Order of Saint Luke; October, 2000.


Who We Are

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The following description of The Order comes from our mission statement:

"A religious order in the United Methodist Church dedicated to sacramental and liturgical scholarship, education, and practice."

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Traditionally, religious orders are characterized by persons covenanting together to live in community, either physically or spiritually, under a common "Rule" of spiritual discipline. Orders have been formed to perform a specific task (a "work"), or around a discipline for spiritual growth.

The Order of St Luke was formed to bring about a recovery of the worship and sacramental practice which has sustained the Church since its formation in Apostolic times. At the same time we seek to help the Church rediscover the spiritual disciplines of the Wesleys as a means of perceiving and fulfilling the mission for which the Church was formed.

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The Order of St Luke was founded in 1946 in the former Methodist Church and holds the status of Affiliate Organization with the Section on Worship of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.

Our moving and sustaining source is that vision of John and Charles Wesley who sought to bring about a sacramental as well as evangelical revival in the church.

While much of our work is within the United Methodist Church, we support the universal Church's seeking to become perfect in love in this world.

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We magnify (lift up the importance of) the sacraments. Baptism is the sacrament, once given, which incorporates persons into the Body of Christ for service. The eucharist sustains the lives of all Christians by remembering the life-gift of Christ.

We believe that the Church is the redemptive Body of Jesus Christ, preserving and reforming His Body.

We support the commitment of the emerging undivided Church that the service of Word and Sacrament will become normative for Christian worship.

. . . and Liturgical . . .

Liturgy is the "work of the people" in offering the worship of the Church to God, in union with Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is most richly effected when the entire people may consciously, fully and actively participate. We make faithful use in all our ministries of the rites of the Church, historically and ecumenically grounded, which enable us to express our worship in unity with the universal Church.

. . . Scholarship . . .

While worship addresses the subjective part of our being, it is, first and foremost, an objective activity designed to give thanks and praise to Almighty God. We believe that we must understand the " why" as well as the "how" if we are to lead the Church into claiming more fully its identity and mission which are God-given.

We know that the worship practices and forms of the past have value to inform and amplify our present efforts, but we are not captives of any ancient dogma. Liturgy speaks to both the objective and subjective natures when it is in the "heart language" of the people. There are many ways of worshiping. We support exploration of differing styles of worship leadership with integrity historically, ecumenically and in the local setting by both lay and clergy.

. . . Education . . .

We support the efforts of the Church-at-large to increase the full worship and sacramental education in the seminaries.

Additionally, we offer opportunities for learning through annual Retreats and quadrennial Convocations which bring together leading scholars in these fields.

Our periodical, Sacramental Life, offers "reports from the field" in liturgical development based on actual experience in local churches. The focus is practical and this publication is designed to address everyday praxis.

Our annual journal, Doxology, publishes new works by contemporary theologians which address current trends and developments in liturgical and sacramental theology.

In addition, The Order has made major contributions to the exploration of Pastoral Offices with the publication of occasional services.

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We believe that the sacraments provide spiritual nourishment that empowers us to live a positive and healing witness before the world.

We will share in the celebration of the sacraments with frequency and regularity and offer continuing instruction in their meaning and implication.

As Christians seek to strengthen their spiritual lives, they often feel alone, as if they were the only ones in the struggle. The Order of St Luke seeks to assist persons to grow closer to God through a life of discipline which includes, among other things spiritual formation

We believe we are formed or shaped by our intentional experiences in faith. These are found in corporate worship, community and individual retreats, devotional exercises of prayer, music or other intentional exercise. The Order of St Luke brings together these disciplines for our members and invites them to Lukan spiritual formation.


All those who can affirm our vows, and who can accept all others who affirm these vows as their brothers and sisters, are welcome in the Order of Saint Luke. It is the practice of the Order to receive the full ministry of both female and male presbyters and deacons, and for men and women to participate fully in all liturgies of the Order as allowed by their faith tradition. (Resolved by the General Council, May 2011.)

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I join the Order?
If you are thinking about joining the Order, please explore this website and contact the Companion for Inquirers and New Members, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . An email to Br. Matthias is the best place to start thinking about joining the Order. If you wish to join the Order after corresponding with Br. Matthias, you must complete the Affirmation Form assenting to the Order's Rule of Life and Service. This form needs to be sent to the Chancellor-General (the address is on the form. You complete this form through the mail. Once the Affirmation Form has been received, you are a member of the General Chapter of the Order.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

When is the next Retreat?
The 2011 Retreat will be held in October 2011, in Dallas Lake, Texas. More information is available on the front page.

How do I renew my membership?

To renew your membership, complete the Reaffirmation Form assenting to the Rule of Life and Service and return it to the Chancellor-General by the Feast of St Luke (October 18).

What is the difference between filling out the (re)affirmation form and participating in the Service of Profession during a General Chapter or Local Chapter worship service?
The (re)affirmation form is the only way of joining or maintaining membership in The Order of Saint Luke. Each General Chapter gathering includes an opportunity to manifest your membership in the Order through a liturgical rite, the Service of Profession. Most local chapters also provide this opportunity once a year. All members are encouraged to ‘sacramentalize’ their membership in this way, whenever possible.

What is Lukan spirituality?
Centered around the Evangelical Canticles, Lukan spirituality experiences the work of the Spirit within the public life of the Church, Baptism, Eucharist, Daily Office, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and liberating the oppressed. For a wonderful exploration of Lukan Spirituality, obtain a copy of Food For Pilgrims: A Journey with St Luke by a previous Abbot of the Order, Br Dwight W. Vogel.

What are "Chapters?"
When you join the Order, you join the General Chapter, the whole membership of the Order. The senior officers of the Order (apart from the Abbot) have the word ‘-General’ in their title to indicate that their role is as officers of the General Chapter. Each year, the General Chapter meets during the Annual Retreat of the Order. When possible, Local Chapters and Association have been formed in those places where several members of the Order can gather together regularly.

What is the "Cyber-Chapter?"
The Cyber-Chapter is an online gathering of members and friends who share prayer requests, discussions, joys, and anything else that comes our way! To subscribe follow the instructions here or send a blank e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Who is the Abbot?
The Abbot is the president or presider of the General Chapter. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -- document.write( '' ); // -->This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is the current Abbot and he welcomes your questions.

Who is the Chancellor-General?
The Chancellor-General is the secretary/treasurer of the General Chapter. The current Chancellor-General is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Habit of the Order

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OSLhabitThe official habit of the order is worn by laity and clergy and is identical. The habit consists of:

* a white alb of unspecified style
* a red rope cincture knotted on the left side (optional)
* a red scapular with the OSL logo as depicted at left
* (an OSL patch attached to the left sleeve of the alb--optional)

As a symbol of equality within the Order, we do not wear symbols of rank, or symbols distinguishing ordination status (nor do we use titles other than those indicating a specific office within the Order.)

MembersInHabitOnly the Celebrant at a particular Eucharist wears a stole and/or chasuble at OSL events. Everyone else wears the common habit (the exception being the General Officers, who wear scapulars embroidered with a symbol of their office in addition to the OSL logo.)

The wearing of the OSL habit is entirely voluntary. If members choose not to wear it, they are still requested to refrain from wearing a stole unless presiding at Eucharist. The scapular color does not change with the liturgical seasons, but remains red, even when worn by members participating as worship leaders or assistants, because it is a vestment of the order rather than a liturgical vestment.

Pectoral crosses are worn by some, but not all, many choosing to wear the OSL logo cross.


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