Morning Prayer services are held at 8am every weekday in the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple (to the left of the high altar). It is said directly from the Book of Common Prayer using Rite II (contemporary) language and lasts no more than 30 minutes.
Morning Prayer, or Matins, is the first of the four daily offices in our current prayerbook. In traditional monastic contexts, the first words of Morning Prayer break the Great Silence kept from Compline the previous evening. It consists of a seasonal cycle of psalms, readings from Holy Scripture, canticles, and prayers for the world’s needs. This cycle is in sync with the liturgical seasons marked at the Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist, providing a bridge from one Sunday to the next. The readings and prayers invite us to steep ourselves in the themes of the Christian faith and listen for the voice of God speaking to us.
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Jayan Nair is available to answer any questions about Morning Prayer at St. John’s or the Daily Office in general at firstname.lastname@example.org.