By far and away the best production from the Church of England in the 'Common Worship'programme.The main offices of Morning and Evening Prayer can be used with one or two readings and are strengthened by the spelendid variable canticles. Night prayer is a first class rendition of the traditional compline, and given official status after a hundred and fifty years of unofficial use ! The Miday Office is splendid, it can be used as a short office in Church at home, even on the bus. It can be extended into an office of Readings, using Scripture and readings from patristic or other sources.
The psalms are enriched by the refrains, which may be used as antiphons.
The propers of the Seasons and saints give light and shade to the daily pattern of prayer.
Only one complaint, A refrain with the opening canticle would have marked the tone of the day or season.
The format is easy, the print clear.It is easy to learn your way around, and works well in practise.
It is hard the compliment the C of E enough, the Daily Office has come of age in this book, valuable for Clergy (Who must say Morning and Evening Prayer as obligation), Monks Friars and Nuns, and most of all the holy people of God, who will find it a source of growth and renewal.
Buy it and pray.