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Seven ways to do morning prayer

7005812-blue-golden-sunrise-picturesWhen you wake up, offer your day to God in one of the following ways:

► Morning Offering. Say the traditional Morning Offering prayer (see A Handful of Catholic Prayers).

► 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).

► 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. (You can find the full text in A Handful of Catholic Prayers.)

► Sing a song. You can sing “This is the Day the Lord Has Made” or another popular morning hymn.

► 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. . . .”).

► 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.

Post your prayer. Teens who use social media might make a morning offering their first post of the day.

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