The two critical hinges of daily life, sunrise and sunset, are the times when Christians throughout the ages, like the Jewish people before them, gather in homes or places of worship to pray, sing Psalms, hear scripture, and reflect in silence. The services of Morning Prayer (Matins) and Evening Prayer (Vespers) embody prayer at these times of the day.
Night Prayer (Compline) is also part of this pattern of daily prayer. It is a simple, quiet service that is held at the very end of the day. Different from Sunday worship, which follows the four-fold pattern of Gathering, Word, Meal and Sending, these daily prayer services are used for more devotional times of prayer.