Morning Prayer (every Wednesday at 8 am in the Chapel) comprises the prayers of the synagogue and the church that have been prayed daily for thousands of years. It includes recitation of sacred Hebrew and Christian texts, silence, and prayers for the church and the world.
During the Middle Ages, these daily services (called the Daily Office or Liturgy of the Hours) came to be largely professionalized as the preserve of monks and the clergy, but Thomas Cranmer, author of the first Book of Common Prayer, reformed and restored Morning and Evening Prayer (aka Evensong) as popular daily services. While they are often sung or led by trained choirs, especially on Sundays in cathedrals, every priest of the Church of England has been expected, for hundreds of years up to the present, to lead or attend public Morning and Evening Prayer services in church seven days a week with whatever resources s/he has at hand. This pattern of daily services (which may be led by lay folk as well as clergy) remains at the core of Anglican spirituality, and in particular of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
In the space of half an hour we read psalms and passages from the Old and New Testaments (systematically reading through the entire Bible) as well as offer prayers for the Church, the world, and for our own personal needs. We also keep several minutes of silence. Please consider joining us for a mid-week moment of peace and reflection!