Morning prayer is “a general preparation for all the day’s work.” Should be made briefly and heartily, before you leave your room if possible, so that all the coming work of the day may be prospered with God’s Blessing.
- “Thank God and adore Him for His grace which has kept you safely through the night, and if in anything you have offended against Him, ask forgiveness.”
- “Call to mind that the day now beginning is given you in order that you may work for Eternity, and make a steadfast resolution to use this day for that end.”
- Consider the occupations, duties, and occasions in which you’ll likely be able to serve God; consider what temptations you might face; make a fervent resolution to use all means of serving Him and also to avoid and resist whatever might hinder your salvation and God’s Glory. You must prepare to carry it into effect. You must resolve to not simply keep your own passions in check, but to minister to the needs of others through consoling the angry, ministering to the sick, etc.
- Humble yourself before God, confessing that of yourself you could carry out nothing that you have planned, either in avoiding evil or seeking good. Offer your heart and all your good intentions to God saying, “Lord, I lay before Thee my weak heart, which Though dost fill with good desires. Thou knowest that I am unable to bring the same to good effect, unless Thou dost bless and prosper them, and therefore, O Loving Father, I entreat of thee to help me by the Merits and Passion of Thy Dear Son, to Whose Honor I would devote this day and my whole life.”
Evening prayer should consist of renewing your morning meditations or kindling your heart with anything else you will. Then, an examination of conscience.
- Thank God for having preserved you through the day.
- Examine how you have conducted yourself through the day, in order to recall where and with whom you have been, and what you have done.
- If you have done anything good, offer thanks to God; if you have done amiss in thought, word, or deed, ask forgiveness of His Divine Majesty, resolving to confess the fault when opportunity offers, and to be diligent in doing better.
- Then commend your body and soul, the Church, your relations and friends, to God.
“Neither this practice nor that of the morning should ever be omitted; by your morning prayer you open your soul’s window to the sunshine of Righteousness, and by your evening devotions you close them against the shades of Hell.”