MORNING PRAYER

Morning Prayer is prayed by the Church around the world at the beginning of each day. This simple form of Morning Prayer (adapted from the Church of England's resources) can be prayed alone or in a group. If you like you can light a candle and spend a few moments in silence before you begin.

Nahum 1.7


The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. God is close to those who trust in him.

Opening Sentences

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and forever.

Amen.

Bible Readings

There is a Psalm and a Scripture reading set for each day, which you can find below. Alternatively, you might like to follow along with the readings at Mass today (including the Gospel of the Day).

Sunday Bible Readings

Psalm 19


  1. The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

  2. One day pours out its song to another and one night unfolds knowledge to another.

  3. They have neither speech nor language and their voices are not heard,

  4. Yet their sound has gone out into all lands and their words to the ends of the world.

  5. In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun, that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber and rejoices as a champion to run his course.

  6. It goes forth from the end of the heavens and runs to the very end again, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 

  7. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple.

  8. The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes.

  9. The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

  10. More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, sweeter also than honey, dripping from the honeycomb.

  11. By them also is your servant taught and in keeping them there is great reward.

  12. Who can tell how often they offend; O cleanse me from my secret faults!

  13. Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins lest they get dominion over me; so shall I be undefiled, and innocent of great offence.

  14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

Isaiah 43.1-3a

But now thus says the Lord,
   he who created you, O Jacob,
   he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have called you by name, you are mine. 
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
   and the flame shall not consume you. 
For I am the Lord your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

 

Monday Bible Readings

Psalm 126


  1. When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.

  2. Then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with songs of joy.

  3. Then said they among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

  4. The Lord has indeed done great things for us, and therefore we rejoiced.

  5. Restore again our fortunes, O Lord, as the river beds of the desert.

  6. Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy.

  7. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed, will come back with shouts of joy, bearing their sheaves with them.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

John 14.1-6

Jesus said, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'

 

Tuesday Bible Readings

Psalm 17.1-8


  1. Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint; listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.

  2. Let my vindication come forth from your presence; let your eyes behold what is right.

  3. Weigh my heart, examine me by night, refine me, and you will find no impurity in me.

  4. My mouth does not trespass for earthly rewards; I have heeded the words of your lips.

  5. My footsteps hold fast in the ways of your commandments; my feet have not stumbled in your paths.

  6. I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; incline your ear to me, and listen to my words.

  7. Show me your marvellous loving-kindness, O Saviour of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.

  8. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

Philippians 4.8-9

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

Wednesday Bible Readings

Psalm 48


  1. Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, in the city of our God.

  2. His holy mountain is fair and lifted high, the joy of all the earth.

  3. On Mount Zion, the divine dwelling place, stands the city of the great king.

  4. In her palaces God has shown himself to be a sure refuge.

  5. For behold, the kings of the earth assembled and swept forward together.

  6. They saw, and were dumbfounded; dismayed, they fled in terror.

  7. Trembling seized them there; they writhed like a woman in labour, as when the east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.

  8. As we had heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, the city of our God: God has established her for ever.

  9. We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of your temple.

  10. As with your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is full of justice.

  11. Let Mount Zion rejoice and the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your judgements, O Lord.

  12. Walk about Zion and go round about her; count all her towers; consider well her bulwarks; pass through her citadels,

  13. That you may tell those who come after that such is our God for ever and ever. It is he that shall be our guide for evermore.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

Colossians 3.16-17

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Thursday Bible Readings

Psalm 133


  1. Behold how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity.

  2. It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard,

  3. Even on Aaron’s beard, running down upon the collar of his clothing.

  4. It is like the dew of Hermon running down upon the hills of Zion.

  5. For there the Lord has promised his blessing: even life for evermore.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

Ephesians 2.19-22

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Friday Bible Readings

Psalm 23


  1. The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.

  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.

  3. He shall refresh my soul and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

  4. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

  5. You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.

  6. Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

Romans 12.9-12

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

 
 

Saturday Bible Readings

Psalm 63.1-8


  1. O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul is athirst for you.

  2. My flesh also faints for you, as in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

  3. So would I gaze upon you in your holy place, that I might behold your power and your glory.

  4. Your loving-kindness is better than life itself and so my lips shall praise you.

  5. I will bless you as long as I live and lift up my hands in your name.

  6. My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,

  7. When I remember you upon my bed and meditate on you in the watches of the night.

  8. For you have been my helper and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

Luke 12.22-31

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.'

 

Prayers

Almighty and everlasting God,

we thank you that you have brought us safely

to the beginning of this day.

Keep us from falling into sin

or running into danger;

order us in all our doings

and guide us to do always

what is righteous in your sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us

from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

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