Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Office Space

As a St. Francis House community, we've frequently offered Daily Office services during the season of Lent (actually, we now do so during the entire school year). This post from Daily Episcopalian (thanks for the link, Shannon) does a nice job of explaining why the Daily Office makes for a good Lenten discipline. It also discusses this spiritual topic's connection to one's Myers-Briggs personality type, a subject we've talked quite a bit about at our "Theology on the Terrace" gatherings. I especially appreciated the author's concluding thoughts:

The Daily Office is a habit. It’s a discipline. Even if you’re not, well, disciplined. And that’s where its J and my P start tangling—and where yours might too. Some people I know fear the Office because they’re afraid they won’t get it right, that they won’t do it enough, that they’ll miss a time or two and then they just won’t measure up. I understand. I’ve been there—and it’s ok. A house with kids is nothing like a monastery. Four offices a day each and every day is a goal—not a starting place. Start with whatever makes sense for you. And if you slip up and miss a day (or even a week…) then it’s time to enact another Lenten discipline: repent, receive forgiveness, and give it another shot.

So if you’re looking for a holy habit this Lent, something spiritual, something classic, something Anglican, look no farther than the Daily Office. Try it for a season—relax in the ebb and flow of the psalms and canticles and give it a chance to speak to you the way it does me.

If you feel moved to make the Daily Offices (well, some of them) part of your Lenten discipline, consider joining us at St. Francis House (and don't miss this note about getting in the building). The schedule for our Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline services can be found in the sidebar at right or on our home page.


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