Morning Prayer

Pastor Kathleen was away on vacation on Sunday, and she will be next Sunday as well. Rather than bringing in a supply priest to officiate at the Eucharist she recruited lay members of the church who had recently received training in leading worship to guide us through Morning Prayer.

Episcopal Church shieldThere was a time when many Episcopal churches only had Communion once a month. The other Sundays of the month Morning Prayer was observed. I’m glad that is no longer the case. Not because there is anything wrong with the Morning Prayer service, but because Communion is so important to me.

There are a lot of differences between Sunday Eucharist and Morning Prayer.

  • Confession is said at the beginning of the service, rather in the middle.
  • The psalm is read before the other Bible readings, not in the middle of them.
  • The Old Testament lesson is longer than the Sunday reading, providing more context.
  • The three-year Gospel Sunday lectionary cycle is not observed.
  • There is no Gospel procession; we remain seated while the Gospel is read.
  • We read the Apostles’ Creed rather than the Nicene Creed.

I was glad to have had the experience of Morning Prayer. But I will be happy to return to our Rite II Eucharist on the 21st.

By the way, the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is available online.

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