Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals

Jump to Devotions:

In the Morning

At Noon

In the Early Evening

At the Close of Day

These devotions are designed for use by individuals or families. They are based upon the Daily Offices, more commonly known as Morning, Noonday, and Evening Prayer as well as Compline. When prayed by more than one person, parts of the devotion may be shared among the group or one person may act as the leader while others participate in communal parts such as the Lord’s Prayer. Psalms may be read in unison or by alternating verses (leader and others, boys and girls, adults and children, etc.).

The Psalms and/or Readings may be replaced by:

  • a) the Lessons appointed for the day (found here)
  • b) some other manual of devotion providing daily selections of the Holy Scriptures

In the Morning

This devotion might be used upon waking up in the morning, before or after breakfast, or before leaving for school or work for the day.

 

From Psalm 51, said in unison or alternating verses

Open my lips, O Lord, *
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence *
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again *
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

A Reading

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.     1 Peter 1:3

 

The Apostles’ Creed, said together

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

 

The Lord’s Prayer, said together

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Collect

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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At Noon

This devotion might be used at lunch or some other break in the middle of the day.

 

From Psalm 113

Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
praise the Name of the LORD.
Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.
From the rising of the sun to its going down *
let the Name of the LORD be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.

 

A Reading

O God, you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on you; for in returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be our strength.    Isaiah 26:3; 30:15

 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

 

The Lord’s Prayer (see “In the Morning”)

 

The Collect

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

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In the Early Evening

This devotion might be used before or after the evening meal.

 

The following may be said by one or all together

O gracious light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

 

A Reading

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation–the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

 

The Lord’s Prayer (see “In the Morning”)

 

The Collect

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

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At the Close of Day

This devotion is particularly appropriate right before going to sleep.

 

Psalm 134

Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

 

A Reading

Lord, you are in the midst of us and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God.    Jeremiah 14:9,22

 

The following may be said by one or all together

Lord, you now have set your servant free *

to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *

whom you have prepared for all the world to see;

A Light to enlighten the nations, *

and the glory of your people Israel.

 

Prayers for ourselves and others may follow. It is appropriate that prayers of thanksgiving for the blessings of the day, and penitence for our sins, be included.

 

The Lord’s Prayer (see “In the Morning”)

 

The Collect

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

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