Posted: Sept 21, 2020
Episcopal Prayer – An Alexa Skill
In the Anglican tradition one of the biggest things that binds us together with other Anglicans is our practice of common prayer. That is part of why one of the main books you will find in parish pews is the Book of Common Prayer! We might think of the prayer book mainly as a thing to use while we are at church, but near the core of Anglican common prayer is the Daily Office which can be prayed by individuals and groups anywhere throughout the day, including through your Amazon Echo.
The Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer is made up of two major offices, Morning Prayer (sometimes called Matins) and Evening Prayer (sometimes called Evensong when it is sung), and two minor offices, Noonday Prayer and Compline. You can always pray the Daily Office using the prayer book, but through a partnership between Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary you can pray the office with using your Amazon Echo too.
To enable praying the Daily Office through your Amazon Echo device just use your activation phrase (e.g. “Alexa”) and say “Open Episcopal Prayer.” Doing so will bring the voice of the Rev. Ben G. Robertson (Rector of The Chapel of the Cross in Madison, Mississippi) to your home, along with others assisting, to pray whatever office of the Daily Office is closest to the time you launch it. Follow along in your prayer book or just listen to the prayers and Scripture reading.
Try it in the morning to begin your family’s day in prayer, or maybe in the evening to wind down together. However you use Episcopal Prayer, it is a great tool for joining your family with our siblings in Christ through this ancient habit.