I 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.
|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|
|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?
- Benedictus and Magnificat
- New Zealand Prayer Book Daily Prayer
- O Come Emmanuel
- Prayer and Belief – It’s Complicated
- Benedictine Daily Prayer