Introduction

Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer is a beautiful service and is very ancient.  Our version of the service, along with Evening Prayer and Compline, are derived from the Daily Office prayed by English Benedictine monks and nuns in the late Middle Ages.  The Daily Office is simply a cycle of prayer services that are prayed at set hours of the day.  Another name for them is the “Divine Hours.”  The Christian pattern of praying at certain times of the day ultimately descends from Jewish daily prayer practices from the time of Jesus’ first apostles.

Seven times a day do I praise you, because of your righteous judgments.
-Psalm 119:164

Resources

Pray Morning Prayer online or with an app:

St. Bede’s Breviary – this web app allows you to pray Morning or Evening prayer with a lot of options to choose from. There is also a mobile version of this app.

The Mission of St. Clare – this website has less options, but usually includes music.  They also provide Morning prayer in Spanish, and some services in audio format.

Morning Prayer Podcasts

You can download podcasts of Morning Prayer.  You can listen and pray along during your morning commute or while you’re at the gym!  Usually, the podcasts are posted several days in advance.

The Episcopal Church in Garrett County Morning Prayer Podcast

Daily Devotions

In addition to the services of Morning Prayer, Noon Prayer Evening Prayer and Compline,  the Book of Common Prayer includes shorter forms of prayer called Daily Devotions for Morning, Noon, Evening, and Night.  Online, these can be found here.  There is also a version of these prayers that is enhanced with readings from the lectionary here.

Other Resources

The Complete Book of Common Prayer 1979 (including the psalms) online.