When you wake up, offer your day to God—and encourage your kids to do the same. Here are seven ways to do it (plus some prayers to print out at the end):
1. Morning Offering. Say the traditional Morning Offering prayer (see below for some examples).
2. Invocations. Not a morning person? Keep it short by memorizing a handful of one-line invocations to pray in the morning (see some examples in the related article, Invocations).
3. Canticle of Zechariah. The Canticle of Zechariah is one of the traditional morning prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours, possibly because Zechariah’s song (found in Luke 1:68–79) refers to Christ as the dawn.
4. Sing a song. You can sing “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made” or another popular morning hymn.
5. Pray a psalm. Psalms often prayed during Morning Prayer include Psalm 63:2–9 (“O God, you are my God; for you I long. . . .”), Daniel 3:57–88 (“Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. . . .”) and Psalm 149 (“Sing a new song to the Lord. . . .”).
6. Write your prayer. If singing morning prayer gets you dirty looks from family members, try writing out your morning prayer and leaving it in a prominent place: on the refrigerator, on a closet door, on the bathroom mirror.
7. Post your prayer. Teens who use social media might make a morning offering their first post of the day.
Morning Prayers for Your Family
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day
for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
for the salvation of souls, the reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians,
and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month.
This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made (Psalm 118:24)
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it!
You can hear the sung version of this simple prayer at pbgrace.com.
A Short Morning Offering for Children
Thank you, God, for giving us this day;
help us to be like Jesus in all we think, do, and say.
Angel of God
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light, to guard, to rule, and guide.
Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to His people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of His servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy Covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.