Daily Morning Prayer, via E-mail
During Lent, we offer a special tool for daily prayer. Beginning Ash Wednesday, you can receive a daily devotional via email that includes everything you need for Morning Prayer. Each devotion includes readings from the psalms, scriptures, and age-old prayers that have endured for hundreds of years. The devotional will ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter.
Why Morning Prayer?
Morning Prayer is one of the bright gems of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, but people don’t know it like they used to. That may be due to the mobility of our society. Gone are the days when folks gathered at the village chapel each morning to say their prayers on the way to work.
Even so, Morning Prayer has power. As individuals, it forces us to pray the psalms, to read the scriptures, and to form our lives in prayer. As a community, it binds us together. We may not all be in the same room praying at the same time, but we can still be shaped by the same scriptures, the same hopes, and the same petitions to God. And it goes beyond that. When you pray Morning Prayer, you’re joining thousands of other Episcopalians and Anglicans across the globe in the same age-old practice as the one Body of Christ. That’s got to be worth something.
Fostering daily prayer in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition is part of St. Anne’s longterm vision, Salt & Light. This is our latest attempt. We’re literally meeting you where you are. So pour your coffee, check your email, and join us in prayer this Lent.
The Pattern of Morning Prayer: What to Expect
Morning Prayer has been a tradition for Anglicans and Episcopalians for over 500 years. When used regularly, its pattern of using Scripture as prayer begins to form our hearts and minds. Morning Prayer comprises four main movements:
- A Confession of Sin. A Confession is usually said at the beginning, especially in Lent.
- The Psalter.
- A brief song of praise. The two most common are the Venite (pronounced ve-NIGH-tee) and the Jubilate (pronounces ju-bi-LAH-teh), both of which are adapted from the psalms.
- A psalm or two. In Morning Prayer, the psalms are used as a form of prayer, as they were originally intended. Take them slowly. Breathe them in. Let them challenge you.
- The Lessons.
- A lesson from Scripture. In our version we have opted to include only one lesson, but three are assigned to each day: one from the Old Testament, the Epistles, and the Gospels.*
- A Canticle. Canticles are songs and poems pulled straight from Scripture.
- The Apostles’ Creed.
- The Prayers. The prayers include:
- The Lord’s Prayer.
- Versicles & Responses. A series of call-and-response petitions for the Church and world.
- Collects. Prayers written to gather our intentions for specific purposes and days.
- Intercessions. A time of general intercessions and petitions–i.e. your own prayer concerns–including intentions and reminders from preset prayer cycles.
- A Thanksgiving.
*See the Daily Office Lectionary beginning on page 934 of the Book of Common Prayer.
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