January 10, 2014

Liturgical Guide: Morning Prayer (Lauds)


"In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed." - Mark 1:35

The hymns selected for Morning Prayer (Lauds) in Divine Office call to mind a threefold theme of resurrection: nature awakening at the dawn of a new day, our Savior rising from the dead, and the spiritual awaking of the human soul. Chapter 2:38 of the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours says of this of Morning Prayer: "Celebrated as it is as the light of a new day is dawning, this hour also recalls the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the true light enlightening all people (see Jn 1:9) and 'the sun of justice' (Mal 4:2), 'rising from on high' (Lk 1:78)."

LITURGY OF THE HOURS (1975)
1. On This Day, the First of Days
2. Brightness of the Father's Glory
3. Sion, Sing
4. Morning Has Broken
5. Darkness Has Faded
6. When Morning Fills the Sky
7. Lord Whose Love in Humble Service
8. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
9. Sing with All the Sons of Glory
10. I Sing the Mighty Power of God
11. All You Nations
12. This Day God Gives Me
13. God Father, Praise and Glory
14. All Creatures of Our God and King
15. O God of Light
16. We Turn to You, O God
17. Christ is the World's Light
18. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
19. From All That Dwell Below the Skies (with Alleluias)
20. From All That Dwell Below the Skies
82. Sing Praise to Our Creator
91. With Hearts Renewed
151. Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him

DIVINE OFFICE (1974)
All People Who on Earth Do Dwell
Alone with None but Thee, My God
Christ is the World's Redeemer
Come, O Creator Spirit, Come
Father, We Praise You, Now the Night is Over
I Am the Holy Vine
It Were My Soul's Desire
Lord God, Your Light which Dims the Stars
Now that the Daylight Fills the Sky
O Christ the Light of Heaven
Sing All Creation, Sing to God in Gladness
The Day is Filled with Splendour
The Father's Glory, Christ Our Light
Transcendent God in Whom We Live
We Bless You, Father, Lord of Life

ROMAN BREVIARY
Aeterna Caeli Gloria
Aeterne Rerum Conditor
Ales Diei Nuntius
Aurora Iam Spargit Polum
Ecce Iam Noctis
Iam Lucis Orto Sidere
Lux Ecce Surgit Aurea
Nox et Tenebrae et Nubila
Sol Ecce Surgit Igneus
Splendor Paternae Gloriae

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