New Zealand Prayer BookI have been asked by some people how they might vary what is provided in A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa so that in the Daily Office they pray one canticle and the Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah, page 85) each morning, and one canticle and the Magnificat (The Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary, page 93) each evening.

The Prayer Book understands that “individuals or groups may adapt the pattern found here to their needs” (page 54), and then provides several “examples of the kind of changes that can be made.”

Essentially, I suggest taking the two canticles provided for each office and using only one – thereby producing a two week cycle. The second canticle prayed then becomes either the Benedictus or the Magnificat.

Presenting this in two tables below, you can use the indicated canticle as the first one [before the psalm(s)], and the Benedictus as the second canticle [after the psalm(s)] in the morning, and similarly the Magnificat in the evening. Weeks are referenced whatever the season. For example: the Third Week in Advent, Lent, Easter, or Ordinary Time would use the first table, the Fourth Week in these would use the second table.

Reminder: there are additional canticles provided pages 96-103.

Morning Prayer

Odd Weeks Even Weeks
Sunday The Spirit of the Lord The Song of our Adoption
Monday Benedicite Aotearoa A Joyful Assembly
Tuesday The Steadfast Love of the Lord The Song of the Church
Wednesday The Song of Tobit A Living Hope
Thursday Rich in Mercy The Beatitudes
Friday Saviour of the World He was Despised and Rejected (pg 99) or Saviour of the World
Saturday Peace for the Nations A New Heaven and a New Earth

Evening Prayer

Odd Weeks Even Weeks
Sunday Your Light has Come The Mystery of our Religion
Monday The Song of Judith The Prologue of John
Tuesday Great and Wonderful The First-born of All Creation
Wednesday God is My Salvation The Love of God
Thursday The Song of Hannah The Exalted Lord
Friday Seek the Lord You are Worthy
Saturday The Easter Anthems The Song of Moses (pg 100) or The Easter Anthems

Any comments? Any other suggestions? Anything else in relation to praying the Daily Office?

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