Posted on Wed, Nov 18, 2009
"My House shall be called a house of prayer for all people" Isaiah 56:7
The Daily Office is a set rhythm of reading Scripture, singing or reciting Psalms, and praying. Sometimes called "The Liturgy of the Hours", it originally developed when early Christians continued the Jewish practice of reciting prayers and Psalms at certain hours. Today priests, monks and many other followers of Jesus observe the Daily Office. This quiet and beautiful service is different from regular devotional time, as the purpose of the daily office is to simply spend time in the presence of God, nothing more.
Beginning Monday, November 30th, St. Stephen's will be offering the Daily Office to anyone who seeks a respite from the rush and busyness of the commercial Christmas season. Prayer services will be held Monday through Friday each week of the Advent season through December 23rd. Morning Prayer will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 AM in the church. Noonday Prayer will begin each weekday in the Parish Hall Library promptly at noon with a short Advent Bible Study following. Evening Prayer will be held Wednesdays at 6:00 P.M. in the church, with dinner and a special Advent program following the service.
We hope you will take time from your busy lives and give some time to God this holiday season. Call the church office at 936-336-3762 for more information or if you would like to lead one of the prayer services.
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