Specific Catholic Prayers useful in the morning.
A Description of Traditional Daily Catholic Prayers - The Sign of the Cross
Also see Examples below. Vocal prayer may be helpful.
"THERE is a freshness about the early morning which belongs to no other period of the day. The sun has a more kindly brightness and the air a fresh crispness which are lost largely as the day grows older. Upon awakening we throw open the window wide and let in the buoyant atmosphere of the newborn day. It fills our lungs and brightens our eye and makes us feel how good it is to live. What the newborn day is to our physical nature the morning prayer is to the life of the soul. It is opening the windows of the heart that the clear air of heaven may flow in. It reinvigorates the life within us and turns our thoughts toward the One we love the most. It is a source of renewed strength, and gives a buoyancy to the spiritual step and a clearness to the inner vision. It floods the heart with the breath of life and bathes it in the sunshine of God's smile.
To begin the day without imploring God's grace and thanking Him for benefits received, is certainly wrong and exposes us to great danger. St. Francis Xavier says: "When you wake in the morning, raise your thoughts at once to heaven, and while you are putting on your clothes and washing your hands and face, call to mind the faults into which you fell the day before, and ask your Lord grace to avoid them this day."
The faithful Christian, before giving himself up to the occupations of the day, will meditate a certain space of time on the commandments of God and the example of Christ." Lasance, My Prayer Book, Benziger Brothers, 1908. Imprimatur, John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York (1908).
"Give ear to my words, O LORD; give heed to my sighing. Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch." Ps. 5:1-3. NRSV.
"But I will sing of your might; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love." Ps. 59:16-17. NRSV
"Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands - O prosper the work of our hands!" Ps. 90:14-17. NRSV.
"It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night..." Ps. 92:1-2, NRSV.
Psalm 143:8-12 Grail Translation. (Compare NAB.)
Editor's note: Although any form, or style, of prayer may be used profitably in the morning, the official morning prayer of the church is from the Liturgy of the Hours, i.e. the Breviary or Divine Office. Traditionally the prayer at morning was called Lauds. To see the morning prayer for today look at the Universalis page for morning prayer.
[Editor: Meditation here means thought about God, or some spiritual truth, which leads to conversation with God and application of that truth in our lives. "Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking." Catechism of the Catholic Church, sec. 2705. See CCC 2705-08.]
"I will meditate on Thee in the morning" Ps. 62:7b. in Douay-Rheims. (Compare NAB. Note that Christian meditation means to think about God and his word.)
"He [the wise man] sets his heart to rise early to seek the Lord who made him, and to petition the Most High; he opens his mouth in prayer and asks pardon for his sins. If the great Lord is willing, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding; he will pour forth words of wisdom of his own and give thanks to the Lord in prayer. The Lord will direct his counsel and knowledge, as he meditates on his mysteries." Sir. 39:5-7. NRSV. NAB.
Ps. 119:97 "Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long." Compare NAB.
Josh. 1:8 "This book of the law [the commandments] shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful."
"As soon as you awake, make the sign of the cross, saying:
Glory be to the Father,
Who has created me.
Glory be to the Son, Who has redeemed me.
Glory be to the Holy Ghost, Who has sanctified me.
Blessed be the Holy and Undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Amen.
On rising from your bed, say:
In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I arise. May He bless, preserve, and govern me, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.
While you are dressing, occupy yourself with pious thoughts and meditations, on some point in the life or passion of your Savior, on God's mercies, on your own sins, on the temptations of the world, on the shortness of life, on eternity, etc.; or say some psalm or hymn.
As soon as you are dressed, prepare to say your morning prayers. Before you begin, recollect yourself and compose your mind. Think who you are and Whom you are about to address; and endeavor to clothe yourself with proper sentiments of humility, reverence, and awe.
Our devotions must consist of acts of adoration, praise and thanksgiving to God for his mercies, of confession of our sins, resolution of amendment, oblation [i.e. to make an offering] of ourselves to God's service, prayers for pardon and grace, and prayers in behalf of others, etc. All forms of prayer are composed, more or less, of these parts, though not always in the same order. Several of those forms which have been most approved are given here,in order to suit different minds, and to afford the advantage of occasional variety. A greater variety may be gained by adding at choice one or more of the "Occasional Prayers". Anon., The Key of Heaven, a Select Manual of Prayers for Daily use, Grainey Bros., Helena, Montana. Imprimatur John M. Farley, D.D. Archbishop of New York 1906.
The Morning and Evening Sufferages from the Lutheran Church.
"The Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyrighted 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved."
The image used above is a detail from Girolamo Di Cremona's Pentecost. It here for educational and religious reasons only, to indicate that the Holy Spirit comes to us in prayer early in the day (Acts 2:16). No other use is intended or permitted.