**THE VARIOUS PARTS OF MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER **
-Lord open our lips…And we shall declare your praise (Morning)
- God come to my assistance…Lord make haste to help me (Evening)
-Serves to focus our minds
-Brings us into the presence of God
-Helps us to set aside the concerns that crowd our mind
-Calls us to give our full attention to God
-Like the warming up that an athlete does before the actual event.
-It begins the dialogue with God which continues throughout the whole Office.
-We call on the Lord, asking for His help in our prayer.
-An acknowledgement that without the Lord we can do nothing.
-The effectiveness of our prayer depends on His grace. This is symbolized in the action that accompanies the versicle–making the sign of the cross on our lips with the thumb.
-Our primary purpose in coming to prayer is to praise God’s name.Everything else–listening to Scripture, intercession, petition–is within the context of praise. Praise comes first, and permeates the whole.
-Changes each day and serves to focus our attention on either one theme of the psalm, or on the theme of the particular day in the Church’s liturgical calendar.
-From earliest times hymns have had a special place in the Office.
-Alludes to the New Testament: “with gratitude in your heart sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God” (Col 3:16)
-The hymn is chosen according to the theme of the day’s liturgy.
**PSALMODY OR PSALSTER **
-Means a collection of psalms arranged for singing.
-The psalmody of Morning prayer consists of three psalms. First is a morning psalm, that is a psalm whose mood and content fit the beginning of the day. Second is canticle. A canticle is a song, a hymn of praise, it is always from the Old Testament and is often a classic passage from the prophets, especially Isaiah. Third is another psalm, traditionally a psalm of praise. To begin the day with praise is one of the greatest antidotes to self-interest of self-pity.
-The psalmody consists of three passages: two psalms or two sections of a longer psalm chosen because of the way they express prayer at the close of the day, followed by a canticle from the New Testament (from the Epistles or Revelation).
-The dominant note of the evening psalms is thanksgiving
.-In the evening we give thanks to God for the gift of the day.
** SCRIPTURE READING**
-At morning prayer–Old Testament reading
-Evening prayer–New Testament reading
-The silence after the reading (before the response) and after the intercessions is an integreal part of prayer.
-It allows the Word of God to germinate in us.
-Time to listen to the voice of the Spirit in our hearts.
-A way of absorbing the Word of God.
-Designed to turn the reading into prayer and contemplation.
-Express praise and thanksgiving for our redemption.
-The sign of the cross is made at the beginning of the canticles.
-In the morning the intercessions are designed to consecrate the day and our work to God.
-In the evening, the intercessions focus on the needs of the world.
-Designed to be universal which opens our horizons in prayer.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
-Sums up the whole prayer
**CONCLUDING PRAYER **
-Completes the Hour. (Important to pray–not time to put away ones books)
-Celebration of our unity, a celebration of our life lived together in faith.
-It is the expression of the Church who accepts the prayer of each of its members and offers to God the answer that together they give to His Word.
-We are sent to share what we have prayed.