Video and Notes from Session 1

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Session 1: Easter Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10-12:30

Link back to main course page [here].

Participants: Lane Hensley (instructor), Jim Duke, Samantha Hirsch, Karel Lambell, Karla Lewis, Robin Nugent, Melissa Platt, Michael Platt, David Rhodes, Jan Romerdahl.

Video from the Session, together with lecture notes
If you’re following along, have a Book of Common Prayer handy before starting the videos.

  • Part One (34:35)
    • Introductory comments
    • Morning Prayer
      • Explain
        • Opening Sentence
        • No Confession
        • Antiphon (81) before and after Invitatory
        • Psalm format
        • Introducing Readings, check initial words
      • Opening Sentences, 75 (77)

        [Omit Confession: Eastertide]

      • Invitatory, 80

      • Christ our Passover, 83

      • Ps. 145, 801

      • Ex. 13:17-14:4

      • Canticle 12.III , 88 (optional)

      • Mark 12:18-27

      • Canticle 19, 94 (optional)

      • Apostles’ Creed, 96

      • The Prayers, 97

      • Suffrages A, 97

      • The Collect of the Day, 172

      • A Collect for Saturdays

      • A Collect for Mission

      • Intercessions

      • General Thanksgiving

      • Prayer of St. Chrysostom

      • Benediction

  • Part Two (27:39)
    • Scope and Purpose of Course
      • Personal or Household Devotion
      • Catechism, 855
        “Who are the ministers of the Church?”
      • Licensing
        • Canon III.4.1(a)
          A  confirmed  communicant  in  good  standing  or,  in extraordinary circumstances, subject to guidelines established by the Bishop, a communicant in good standing, may be licensed by the Ecclesiastical Authority to serve as … Worship Leader …
        • Canon III.4.4
          A Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
  • Part Three (11:33)
    • History
      • Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office, Breviary)
        • “marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer”
        • From Latin officium, “duty”
      • “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thes. 5:16
      • In the Psalms are found expressions like “in the morning I offer you my prayer”; “At midnight I will rise and thank you” ; “Evening, morning and at noon I will cry and lament”; “Seven times a day I praise you”.
      • The Apostles observed the Jewish custom of praying at the third, sixth and ninth hour and at midnight (Acts 10:3, 9; 16:25; etc.).
      • Early Christians continued Jewish practice of reciting prayers at certain hours of the day or night.
      • [Read Section 3 from Diocese of Ohio]
      • The Christian prayer of that time consisted of almost the same elements as the Jewish:
        • recital or chanting of psalms,
        • reading of the Old Testament, to which were soon added readings of the Gospels, Acts, and epistles, and canticles.
        • Other elements were added later in the course of the centuries.
      • By the end of the 5th century, the Liturgy of the Hours was composed of seven offices.
        • Matins (during the night, at midnight with some); also called Vigils or Nocturns or, in monastic usage, the Night Office
        • Lauds or Dawn Prayer (at Dawn, or 3 a.m.)
        • Prime or Early Morning Prayer (First Hour = approximately 6 a.m.)
        • Terce or Mid-Morning Prayer (Third Hour = approximately 9 a.m.)
        • Sext or Midday Prayer (Sixth Hour = approximately 12 noon)
        • None or Mid-Afternoon Prayer (Ninth Hour = approximately 3 p.m.)
        • Vespers or Evening Prayer (“at the lighting of the lamps”, generally at 6 p.m.)
        • Compline or Night Prayer (before retiring, generally at 9 p.m.)
      • attributed to Saint Benedict but found in Saint John Cassian’s Institutes and Conferences, which describe the monastic practices of the Desert Fathers of Egypt.
      • Grateful for the use of Worship Leader Training Material, Diocese of Ohio, 2010
  • Part Four (18:57)
    • “Concerning the Service of the Church,” 13, para. 1
    • Preface: The First Book of Common Prayer (1549), 866, para. 1, etc.
    • Calendar, 15 (see also
  • Part Five (50:39)
    • Basic elements
      • Psalms, 581 (see notes tying to lectionary calendar)
      • Readings
      • Eucharistic Lectionary, 888
        • Daily Office Lectionary, 934
      • Canticles: Suggested Canticles: 144-5
      • Prayers
    • Note other forms in BCP, see Table of Contents
    • Step through What we did with Morning Prayer
    • Evening Prayer
      • Opening Sentences, 61

      • Confession of Sin, 62

      • Invitatory: O Gracious Light

      • Ps. 104, 735

      • 2 Cor. 4:16-5:10

      • The Song of Simeon, 66

      • The Prayers, 67

      • Suffrages B, 68

      • The Collect of the Day, 172

      • A Collect for Saturdays

      • A Collect for Mission

      • Benediction

    • Recommendation: Pray the office daily (just one)
    • Call me if you need help
    • Assign Teams to lead next time (divide in half)
    • Lane to Email recommended readings (see list below)

Next Session: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10-Noon in the Library of Karns Administration, the building marked in blue at

Homework: Participants were asked to adopt a daily discipline of praying Morning or Evening Prayer at home. The group was divided in half, with one sub-group (Hirsch, Lambell, Lewis, Romerdahl)  asked to prepare Morning Prayer for the next session, and the other half (Duke, Nugent, Platt, Platt) asked to prepare Evening Prayer. Rite One or Rite Two are fine. [Note: I may have the groupings wrong here.]

Recommendations for optional further reading:

Last updated: December 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm