We created “The Homely Hours” out of a desire to encourage a deeper integration of the life of the church into the life of the home. We also wanted to share the many creative resources flowing out of our parish Christ the King Anglican Church with other Anglicans, both for use in the home or in the church.
Our name springs from the practice of the “Divine Hours”– the system of fixed-hour prayer that the Church historically follows. We substituted the word “homely” both because most of our hours of devotion are at home and are also rather homely– ordinary, plain, simple.
Our subtitle “Light and Strength for the Domestic Church” flows from the prayer “For the Children” in the Family Prayer section of the Prayer Book: “Almighty God, heavenly Father, who hast blessed us with the joy and care of children; Give us light and strength so to train them, that they may love whatsoever things are true and pure and lovely and of good report, following the example of their Saviour Jesus Christ.”
The phrase “Domestic Church” refers to the home or family, living as the new creation in Christ. Pope Benedict XVI said, “Every home is called to become a ‘domestic church’ in which family life is completely centered on the lordship of Christ and the love of husband and wife mirrors the mystery of Christ’s love for the Church, his bride.”
We hope that the resources on our site can be a blessing to other families striving cultivate a rich and prayerful home life.