If you are not in the practice of using this rich service, I would commend it to you. It is a great hallmark of our tradition as Anglicans, which draws from the ancient monastic offices prayed at specific hours. These morning and evening services were condensed from the many services used in monasteries with the intent to be accessible for individuals and families.
Morning and Evening Prayer serve as the perfect daily devotional practice and help form a regular pattern of prayer and engaging God’s Word. Each service begins with self examination, or confession, before reading an appropriate passage of scripture for the time of day. Next, you are drawn into the Psalms and two other portions of scripture. If you take on this practice daily you will read almost the whole of scripture annually, and the Psalms every thirty days. The remainder of the service draws you to the Creed, or summary of our Faith, the Lord’s Prayer, and a series of prayers for both yourself, others, and the advancement of the Gospel.
I have found these services rightly bookend my day among the various events there between. They serve to also keep me focused upon the broader Church, needs of the world, and praying for the advancement of God’s Kingdom in addition to those in my own life. I trust they will do so for you too. Use them individually, or as a family, before going off to school or work and before you head to bed daily. You are always invited to join me in doing them at the church if you’d like, and may email me to let me know of your desire to participate. As we are called to daily grow in the likeness of Jesus, Morning and Evening Prayer serve to do just that as we engage Him in prayer and listen to Him in the pages of scripture.