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In November of 2017, St. Timothy’s established a Parish Rule of Prayer, based on the teaching and practice of The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the approach to Prayer Book spirituality found in the writings of the eminent English ascetical and pastoral theologian Martin Thornton.

This Rule of Prayer presents a way of life for individuals affiliated with this parish derived from the vision of Christian practice found in the BCP and classical Anglican sources. It offers a coherent pattern of corporate and private prayer, integrating the main types of prayer with the sacraments, creation, community, and service. More than a spiritual laundry list, the Rule of Prayer makes available the riches of our tradition in an approachable, practical way that most people can observe and with which they may grow in the knowledge and love of God.




  1. Eucharist: Sundays & Principal Feasts*, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week Liturgies of Maundy Thursday/Good Friday.
  2. Daily Office: One Office (morning or evening; adapted as required)
  3. Personal Prayer:
    a. Daily time spent consciously and quietly with God, leading to intercession, petition, praise, thanksgiving, &c.
    b. Weekly self-examination of conscience, private confession of sins (note: sacramental confession with a priest may be used seasonally or as required)
    c. Lent and Fridays observed with acts of self-denial
    d. Recollection (recalling God’s presence) through the day by simple acts of prayer
    e. Awareness of God’s presence in place and community (the Creation, our home, neighborhood, work, activities, relationships, &c.)

*The Principal Feasts are: Easter, The Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints’, Christmas, The Epiphany.

A religious Rule is a pattern or model for growing in the knowledge and love of God. This Rule is based upon the catholic Church’s historic three-fold way of prayer as expressed in the Book of Common Prayer. It is open to all interested members of the parish and is adaptable to a wide variety of people and circumstances. Those using or interested in this Rule may attend parish conferences on its purpose, content, and observance. You may also wish to discuss the Rule with the parish priest or parishioners using it. Additional resources on prayer are available in the parish library and through parish publications.