The Beauty of Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is absolutely one of the treasures of the Church of England. It is going to be hugely important to us all in the next weeks and months.

It links us in with one another, since we are saying the same words at the same time.

It links us in with the great history of the Church, and roots us in monasticism.

It links us with something bigger than ourselves since its words have been used for centuries and centuries by people who were facing even greater challenges than we do today, without the benefit of modern medicine.

It is a link with the normal world since MP has always been said in the parish 5 days a week at 8.30am and that is still carrying on.

And it is a link with God, a way of praying which allows us to be carried along by the current into the loving heart of the One who loved us and knew us before we were born.

The easiest way to join in, and please do, is to either download the app to your phone (called Daily Prayer and in a light blue icon) or go this website every morning where you will find everything you need, including the Bible readings- https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer (MP for the day is normally near the bottom of the page with a dark green square next to it- you want the contemporary version).

Find somewhere quiet to sit, perhaps with a cup of tea.

Take your time- it should take about 25 minutes.

Do not be afraid to pause and reflect on a phrase and why it matters so much.

And know your connection with the person who is praying it in St Paul’s, and with people praying it all over the parish, and with Christians all over the world, and through history as well.

And once you’ve fallen in love with MP, as you will, it will be a constant friend to you always.

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