Morning Prayer, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, praises God for the beginning of a new day. It includes hymns, the recitation of psalms and Scripture readings. Prayers of petition are offered and a consecration of all that we do that day for the glory of God. The Liturgy of Hours, or daily public prayer at certain times of the day, is rooted in the ancient Jewish tradition of daily prayer which Jesus practiced Himself. The most important hours are Morning and Evening Prayers (Matins and Vespers). While praying the Hours was for a long time only practiced by clerics, Vatican II reformed the Liturgy of the Hours and now encourages parishes to observe Morning Prayer and/or Vespers.
Morning Prayer is said Monday through Friday mornings at St. Joseph Church.