The Daily Office ExpressIntroduction to this site & praying the hours
A practice inherited from Christianity's Jewish heritage, set prayers at morning, noon, early evening, and night have been a practice of the Church since the beginning. These times were not set aside as the only times in which one would speak with the Lord from their heart, indeed that can and should be done at any time, but these are times to hear from Him through his Word, and to pray it back to Him.
There are numerous resources on the web providing the full blown liturgies of these offices, based on the offices intended for full congregations, which typically take the participants through a 30-60 minute service including hymns and/or praise songs.
The devotions on this site, while following the basic structure of the Daily Office of the Church, are designed for use by individuals, families, or small groups of people. Each devotional, or office, can be prayed in about 4-8 minutes, though certainly you may take longer depending on the amount of time spent speaking with God, meditating, and contemplating what you have read. You might like to think of them as the Daily Office for Mere Mortals. ;-)
The outlines for these devotional prayer services are found under the heading of Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families in The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 US Edition (read online free here), sometimes referred to as the American Prayer Book, starting on pg. 136.
The prayer offices on this site utilize the Daily Office Lectionary, an ordering of daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Gospels, and Psalms, that lead us through the vast majority of the Bible every two years and the entire Psalter (typically) every seven weeks. Scripture readings, when noted as being from the ESV, are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.
All other prayers, canticles (songs taken directly from the Bible), and psalms on this site are from The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 US Edition.
The devotions take their selection of canticles based on the suggestions starting on pg. 144 of the Prayer Book. In order to highlight the nature of the liturgical week, the collects on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday utilize the collects specified for these days in their respective Rite II liturgies of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.