My name is Matthew Arguin.  I have recently graduated from Huron University College (London, ON) with my M. Div. and currently pursuing ordination with the Diocese of Huron.

I was raised Roman Catholic but decided (on theological grounds) that I could not support the doctrines of clerical celibacy or the policy of a male-only clergy. As a result, I researched many different denominations and found a home in the Anglican Church.

Prior to seminary school, I had no idea there was any other kind of worship service outside of Eucharist, and was even more miffed to find out that I had to be awake, alert, and praising God at 8:30am :S….I am so NOT a morning person!

I came to appreciate the Office more when I started doing a CPE Unit at Parkwood Hospital that I found myself needing a place to let all the emotional stress from the placement out. So I made a commitment to myself to actually keep Evening Prayer for those three months.

After a while, it became a habit. Knowing that it was expected of me as an obligation, I kept it going ever since….gradually working Morning Prayer into the routine. So long as I’ve had my first coffee, I’m a lot better now at giving God a little more attention 🙂

There are still plenty of mornings that I dread having to say the Office…..and even at night it can seem like another chore to be done. Yet there are other times when it is calming, uplifting, and comfortable as well!

I hope you enjoy this project as it develops and thank-you for stepping into the Office with me +








6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daniel
    Nov 25, 2010 @ 16:49:37

    What a great idea Matthew! I will certainly be following (that sounds so much nicer than “stalking”) and praying along with you. I’m one of those people who *does* enjoy the psalms…except when we get to the interminable Psalm 119 that just seems to go on and on and on….section after section. It was also my plan for Advent to become more intentional about my own praying of the Daily Office (which I am convinced, despite the “expectation”, is not something most clergy actually do in a formal way).
    God bless you in your intention.


    • A Year in the Office
      Nov 25, 2010 @ 19:14:49

      Oh yay!…..I’ve always wanted my own personal stalker ;)……Thanks for the support and prayer! I agree with you on many clergy not observing MP & EP and I think that’s one of the reasons why the Anglican Church (at least in North America) is on the decline numerically. Not the only reason mind you…..but people can smell a lack of discipline a mile away!

      God bless you as well+


  2. Laura
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 18:05:54

    Hi Matthew!

    I’ve been reading your posts each day, and I just wanted to say thank you for your writings! I read the daily office as well, and it’s wonderful to hear your interpretation of the text. Blessings to you!



    • A Year in the Office
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 18:52:44

      Blessings to you too Laura. :). It makes my heart glad to know that someone is actually getting something out of this project even though the entries can be spotty at times lol 🙂

      I would love to hear what you think as well……if you feel so moved, you can leave a comment on my posts…..Some interesting discussions have ensued, and you’re more than welcome to participate 🙂

      I hope you have a wonderful Holy Week and that we both find ourselves closer to Christ as we celebrate the greatest feast of the year this coming Sunday! 🙂


  3. flee rogers
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 12:15:01

    Morning Matthew Arguin,

    I saw the pillar of fire picture and would like to get permission to use the image on my future website.
    The pillar of fire picture is found on your blog at June 12, 2011 Evening Prayer: Eve of Pentecost .
    Please let me know who owns the picture and if you could forward the request to the person so I can get permission to use image.

    Thanks so much for your help.
    Flee R.


  4. A Year in the Office
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 23:25:13

    Hi Flee:

    I honestly don’t remember…..I’m pretty sure I just got it off a Creative Commons search on Google using “Pentecost Fire” as the parameters.


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