Morning Prayer (Lauds)
Monday - Saturday 8.30 am
And you, children of men, O bless the Lord!
To him be highest glory and praise forever!(Canticle of Daniel, Divine Office, Morning Prayer, Psalter, Sunday Week 1)
Morning Prayer is one of the two most important parts of the Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office), the other being Evening Prayer (Vespers).
The Liturgy of the Hours enables the faithful to call God to mind and to pray to him regularly throughout the day, and so to consecrate the whole day to him. Of course, those who must work and/or have many family commitments, cannot do this fully. So those who are able to pray most or all of the Divine Office do it on behalf of the whole of the Body of Christ, the Church.
Morning Prayer consists of a hymn, the recital of two Psalms and a canticle from the Old Testament (usually one of the prophets e.g. Isaiah), a short Scripture reading, the recital of the Benedictus (the canticle of Zechariah: Luke 2:68-79). and intercessions for the Church and mankind, plus a concluding prayer.
The other Hours are: the Office of Readings (which usually begins the day but may be said at any time), Terce (3rd) said at 9.00am, Sext (6th) said at noon, None (9th) said at 3.00pm, Vespers or Evening Prayer, usually said at 6.00pm, and finally Compline or Night Prayer which ends the day.