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428 Pee Dee Avenue, Albemarle, NC 28001 (704) 982-1428
The Rev. Dr. James B. Bernacki, Rector


The custom of reciting prayers at certain hours of the day or night dates back to Jewish practice before the time of Christ. The Apostles borrowed this custom and divided the day and night into four parts of about three hours each. Christian prayer during Apostolic times consisted of elements similar to the Jewish practice of reciting or chanting psalms and reading of the Old Testament, to which was added the reading of the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and composed or improvised canticles.

Lancet windows over the altar

The first Christians preserved the custom of going to the Temple at the hour of prayer but also met in private homes. By the close of the sixth century the organization and content of these services, called the Divine or Daily Office, was fully established in the Roman liturgy. The first book of services for the Anglican Church was compiled by Thomas Cranmer in 1549. In the United States, the prayer book of the Episcopal Church is the Book of Common Prayer.

Praying for the presence and action of God's holy and healing spirit is a vital part of the Christian community's work. Requests for prayers may be made by calling the church office or sending an email by clicking on the link below:

Church Office 704-982-1428

Christ Church Prayer Request

As a service to Christians throughout the world, the Mission of Saint Clare hosts a website with Morning Prayer and other daily offices as well as prayers for specific needs and occasions. Click on the links below to view these resources.

Morning Prayer and Divine Offices

Prayers for the World, Church, Family and Personal Life

An online calendar of the Anglican Cycle of Prayer may be accessed at the website of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Click on the link below for this information

Anglican Cycle of Prayer