Morning Prayer is designed to sanctify the morning, as is clear from many of its parts. Saint Basil the Great excellently described the character of morning prayer in these words:
Matins consecrates to God the first movements of our minds and hearts; no other care should engage us before we have been moved with the thought of God, as it is written, "I thought of God and sighed" (Ps 76:4), nor should the body undertake any work before we have done what is said, "I say this prayer to you, Lord, for at daybreak you listen for my voice; and at dawn I hold myself in readiness for you, I watch for you" (Ps 5:4-5)
This Hour, recited as the light of a new day dawns, recalls the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the true light, enlightening every person (cf John 1:9), 'the Sun of Justice' (Malachi 4:2), 'arising on high' (Luke 1:78). Thus the remark of Saint Cyprian may be well understood:
We should pray in the morning to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with morning prayer.
(From the General Instruction on The Liturgy of the Hours)
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