Living in the Two Hearts

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Morning Prayer and Invitatory Psalm



Welcome to Morning Prayer!  I am your hostess and I’ll try to accompany you on your journey through this wonderful Prayer of the Church.

If you need a refresher course on the ribbon placements and/or the definitions contained within, please see the tutorial page.  Again, page numbers below correspond to the ©1976 publication.  Later publications may have different page numbers.

Instructions will usually be italicized and in (…) Other notes will appear just in (…)

I like to begin with the Invitatory Psalm, but this is optional.  If you choose NOT to pray the Invitatory Psalm then you will open with:

(making the Sign of the Cross, you say) Oh Lord, come to my assistance!  Lord, make haste to help me!

(bowing your head) Glory be to the Father, and the the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

(raise your head up) As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

(continue on with the Morning Prayer psalms)

If you have optioned to pray the Invitatory Psalm… Please visit this page for help.

(During ORDINARY TIME, ADVENT, CHRISTMAS, EPIPHANY, EASTER and PENTECOST you would add Alleluia! after the Amen.  During LENT, the Alleluia is omitted.)

INVITATORY (found on the DAY of the WEEK of the Psalter you are in)

(Tutorial: THURSDAY, Week II, Second Week of Lent, pg 824) Come into the Lord’s presence singing for joy.

(Tutorial: THURSDAY, Week II, Second Sunday of Lent: Beginning Antiphon) Stir up your mighty power, Lord; come to our aid.

(Now begins the Psalm. You will NOT REPEAT the Antiphon UNTIL you complete the Psalm, AFTER the Glory Be…) O Shepherd of Israel, hear us, you who lead Joseph’s flock, shine forth from your cherubim throne…

(At the end of EACH psalm you bow your head and pray the Glory Be) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…

(Repeat this pattern for the next two Psalms.  You can also say the Psalm prayer or opt out of the Psalm prayer.  I like them, sometimes, because they add to what the Psalmist had prayed.  The four volume set, used by religious communities, does NOT have these prayers. This is strictly added to the Laity prayers.  Diocesan Priests I believe are required to say them.)

(ORDINARY TIME: you continue on with the readings found in the Psalter. LENT AND OTHER LITURGICAL SEASONS: your reading will come from that Season, previously marked by your PURPLE RIBBON.)

(Tutorial: Second Week of Lent, PURPLE RIBBON, pg 306.  Say the name of the book your passage comes from – just as they do in Mass – and read.  Conclude with…) The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

(say and then repeat the Responsory) God Himself will set me free, from the hunter’s snare.

(continue) From those who would trap me with lying words…and from the hunter’s snare.

(only the beginning of the Glory Be is said here, bowing the head) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

(repeat the original Responsory) God Himself will set me free, from the hunter’s snare

(The Gospel Canticle – Canticle of Zachariah – say the Antiphon first.  NOTE: if you lose your insert, the Gospel Canticles are found on pgs 691, and 696.) Son, remember the good things you…

(pull out your insert and read the Canticle, crossing yourself as you say the opening words) Blessed be the God of Israel,…

(You will again conclude with the Glory Be before repeating the Gospel Canticle Antiphon)

(bow your head) Glory be to the Father…

(repeat the Gospel Canticle Antiphon) Son, remember the good things you received…

(pray the Intercessions – Prayers of the Faithful. Optional: when praying in groups, one person prays the Intercessions with the others of the group repeating the italicized words that followed the introduction. When it’s you alone, just pray the Intercessions without repeating the italicized words, unless they appear after each Intercession.)

(before praying the Our Father, see pp 692-93 for suggested invitations) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name…

(Conclude with the provided closing prayer.  Make sure your ribbon has moved with you so that when you close your book, the ribbon will be set and ready for the praying of Evening Prayer)

(Dismissal suggestions are found on pg 693 if said with a priest or deacon.  For private prayer, the conclusion is found on pg 694)

(private prayer conclusion: cross yourself with the first words) May the Lord Bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.


Well done to those of you who stuck-it-out! You’ll find that the more you pray the Liturgy of the Hours, the more it becomes almost second nature. The moving of the ribbons, the reverential gestures, all will flow with ease as you grow in prayer.

You might think that praying the same section of prayers day in and day out might get old, but I’ve got to tell ya… I’ve been praying this since October, 2010, and the only prayers I have memorized are the Gospel Canticles and part of the Invitatory Psalm 95.  Each time I open to the daily psalm, it’s fresh and new to me.  That goes for the Night Prayer as well!  I’ve only memorized the Canticle Antiphon and the Gospel Canticle.  All the rest is fresh and new to me each day!

What’s even more amazing, these psalms OFTEN REFLECT what’s currently going on in my life and in the lives of those around me!  Truly Amazing!!!

ON TO EVENING PRAYER.  Time recommended for Evening Prayer?  In the middle of your Evening, say BEFORE dinner or maybe JUST AFTER dinner?  I usually try and pray a Rosary and then follow up with Evening Prayer BEFORE dinner. Though this does not always happen for me, as long as it is WELL BEFORE you retire for the night, the times remain fairly flexible. 😉

Evening PrayerNEW!

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