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This online version of the Office of the EFO taken from

"My God, My All": The Prayer book of the Ecumenical Franciscan Order (EFO)

Credits and copyrights

  • Francis’ Psalms New translations by Pia Fugaccia and Br Andrew Blair EFO, Sydney, 2006


  • Francis’ Exposition of the ‘Our Father’ Francis’ ‘Praises to be said at all hours’, ‘Phos Hilaron’, Br. Andrew Blair EFO, Sydney, 2006


  • The Admonitions and the Canticle of the Creatures: Adapted by Br Luke Koller EFO, from "The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, newly translated into English with Introduction and Notes" by Father Pascal Robinson OFM (Philadelphia: The dolphin Press, 1906). It is believed that the text of Father Robinsons Work is in the Public Domain.


  • The "Our vocational Prayer" is Br Luke EFO’s adaptation of St Francis’ vocational prayer that Francis prayed before the crucifix at San Damiano. The Translation from the Latin was originally done by Br. Andrew EFO.



Notes for Use


  • We have used the old Latin monastic descriptions of the Divine Office as the names for our Daily Prayers. We have done this to acknowledge the Office’s monastic tradition.
  • We have also retained the use of the word Office to indicate the whole liturgical service. This is to differentiate the liturgical service from a particular set of prayers.


For online purposes

  • We assume the office will be prayed by the individual
  • All sections whether in bold typeface or plain typeface are prayed by the individual.
  • The Office may be chanted however no musical notation has been provided.


Incense and Candles

  • If incense is going to be used during the Office, then it should be prepared before the Office begins.
  • Incense should be added to the charcoal at the start and end of the Office. Adding incense to the charcoal is also appropriate at the reading of the gospel.
  • Candles (other than those used at the time of intercessory prayers), should be lit before the start of the Office.



  • There are links to the several Lectionaries of choice giving the readings for the Day, otherwise you may use one of your own.
  • Links are provided through to all Psalms, and Admonitions.


Periods of Silence

  • We have noted only one occasion within the Office, where a period of silence should be observed. This should not be construed as the only place where silence, can or should be observed.
  • Individuals are encouraged to insert silences where they feel appropriate. Before the start of the Office, after each Psalm, after the intercessory prayers, at the conclusion of the Office are other appropriate places.


Times to Pray the Daily Office

  • We offer these suggestions as times to pray the Office. People are free to use these times or their own as suits their particular circumstances.

Matins Can be prayed at any time during the night. It would be preferable to pray them after midnight so that these are the prayers of the day. ; And to ensure that Compline remains the last prayer of the previous day.

Prime Morning Prayer. Traditionally these would be prayed at 6.00am.

Sext Midday Prayer. As the Office contains the Angelus, it would be preferable to say these prayers at 12.00 noon.

Vespers Evening Prayer. Traditionally these would be prayed at dusk, but we suggest 6.00pm.

Compline We suggest praying these just before retiring for the night or at 9.00pm, whichever comes first.


  • We have intentionally omitted the offices of Lauds, prayed at dawn, Terce, prayed at 9.00am, and None, prayed at 3.00pm. Vigils and Nocturne are other terms which are used for the office we have designated as Matins.


  • Where the same psalm is set as the Biblical Psalm for the Office, and by the Lectionary as the Psalm set for the day, only recite the psalm once.
  • Psalms may be chanted.

The Lord’s Prayer

  • The version of the Our Father ( or the Lord’s Prayer) used in the Offices ( with the exception of Francis’ Exposition), is taken from The New Jerusalem Liturgy and is used by permission from the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia. However if people wish to use their own preferred version, they may substitute it.

Intercessory Prayers

  • These prayers may be chosen by the individual, or as part of a daily prayer cycle.
  • The intention is to provide a place in the Office for people to raise their own prayers, to pray for people they know, or for whom they have been asked to pray.
  • Liturgical rituals such as the Lighting of candles at this point would be appropriate.

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