the Morning Office shall be celebrated as follows.
Let Psalm 66 be said without an antiphon
and somewhat slowly,
as on Sunday,
in order that all may be in time for Psalm 50,
which is to be said with an antiphon.
After that let two other Psalms be said according to custom,
on Monday Psalms 5 and 35,
on Tuesday Psalms 42 and 56,
on Wednesday Psalms 63 and 64,
on Thursday Psalms 87 and 89,
on Friday Psalms 75 and 91,
and on Saturday Psalm 142 and the canticle from Deuteronomy,
which is to be divided into two sections
each terminated by a “Glory be to the Father.”
But on the other days let there be a canticle from the Prophets,
each on its own day as chanted by the Roman Church.
Next follow the Psalms of praise [148-50],
then a lesson of the Apostle to be recited from memory,
the responsory, the Ambrosian hymn [Te Deum], the verse,
the canticle from the Gospel book,
the litany, and so the end.
To adapt this to a family rule is a simple thing. On weekday mornings when we get up, we will Praise the Lord in song.
It’s a a lovely thing to awaken your children with praises on your lips.
For some practical application, you need to fit this to your on family’s style. I don’t think it’s important whether you wake them with a rousing C.D. version of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, or your own unaccompanied acapella rendition of this:
The morning praise is what matters.
The latter is what we did when our youngsters were small. When we got up in the morning we sang ‘This is the day that the Lord hath made.’
I also often had them listen to one of these in the morning as they did their chores:
During a different season of our lives, my husband woke the children before he left for work and brought them to our room where I was nursing their baby brother. There he would read from Psalms to us until he had to go to work. Sometimes we had coffee and/or hot cocoa, depending on the morning.
We also keep a hymnal in the kitchen on a small easel on the windowsill to facilitate hymn singing while working at the kitchen sink.
It also helps to have breakfast streamlined a bit. ( In my crockpot right now: a mix of buckwheat, amaranth, and oat groats, coconut oil, molasses, vanilla and spices. I might add diced apples in the morning. Breakfast is its own kind of sacramental reality, a praise as plain as bread and milk)
Do you incorporate praise into your mornings? Share in the comments.