The Church’s daily rhythm of prayer moves to the momentum of the natural world, from dawn to dusk, from sunrise to nightfall.
Through the changing hours of each day, each passing moment is marked by prayer. Whilst Morning and Evening prayer form the significant turning points in the Church’s day, there are other hours and moments too.
Here are some simple resources for those who perhaps want to move deeper into prayer or seek a sense of structure to their daily prayer.
‘He visits us like the dawn from on high.’ As the sun begins to rise, so we greet the Sun of Righteousness, Jesus Christ, rejoicing in his resurrection, and taking to heart the Song of Zechariah, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel who has visited and redeemed his people.”
‘The Lord is my light and salvation.’ As the day ends and the evening draws in, we take to heart the Magnificat song of Mary as the Gospel Canticle, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”
‘Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.’ As we reflect on the day that is past, we commend ourselves to God before sleep, with the beautiful words of the Song of Simeon, “At last, all powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace.”
The beautiful memorial of the Incarnation is said morning, noon and evening, and is often accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus Bells (as it is here at St Mary’s)
Before and after meals, we thank God for his goodness in providing our daily food, and our minds are turned too to those who are poor and who lack even the bare minimum of food that we have in abundance.
For restless sleepers or those whose working and waking hours may be different from other people, here are some prayers to see you through the night hours.
(COMING SOON) Whilst the morning and evening hours mark the most important times of prayer in the traditional rhythm of the church’s day, there are other hours too that puncture the day and stir us to prayer.
The Eucharist is at the heart of our life as Christians, and each day it is celebrated here at St Mary’s as it is in other communities. However, if you are prevented from receiving communion through sickness or other other genuine reasons you can make a Spiritual Communion
The practice of praying throughout the day is characteristic of many religions—and it’s certainly a feature of the Christian Faith. The hours of Morning and Evening Prayer, along with such times as Midday andNnight prayer are collectively called ‘The Daily Office.’ You can discover a little more here.