First century Christians continued the public prayer patterns of the Israelites, praying at the temple multiple times a day. As Christianity separated itself, its own traditions were developed.
The Didache recommended praying the Lord’s Prayer three times daily. Within a century or two, this blossomed into seven times a day, and incorporated the Psalms and then hymns, etc.
My question is this:
The Daily Office today appears to be quite an elaborate undertaking with multiple books to refer to, with different schedules based on the time of year, the season, etc. Why has this specific tradition grown so complex? Why not just stick to the Lord’s Prayer? Why not just read from the bible seven or eight times a day?
You can read more about my unschooled degree here.
It didn’t take long (specifically two posts) before I was reeling with flashbacks from undergraduate school, with ridiculous and futile requirements to post discussion questions each week.
Don’t get me wrong. When I started my uThM, I was actually excited about the prospect of dialoguing with people online about the topics I was interested in, especially with a pointed purpose.
But, as soon as I got started, the true nature of online discussion reared its ugly head.