Morning Light

A Setting of Morning Prayer for the season of Easter

Ted Carnahan

In the Spring semester of 2009, I was invited by Thomas Schattauer, Dean of Loehe Chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary, to work on a setting of matins (i.e. morning prayer) for the season of Easter. The result is Morning Light.

Morning Light is intended to be simple, singable, and catchy. The music is written in 6/8 time to encourage the assembly to move as they sing.

About the Composer

I am a student of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA and a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I am currently in my third year of study, undertaking a year-long internship at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling, Illinois, USA.

I would appreciate knowing when and where this work is used. You may email me at



English translation(s) of the Kyrie, Lord’s Prayer, and Nunc Dimittis [adapted], copyright 1988 English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC). Used by permission.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

In short, you may use it as much as you like, make as many copies as you would like, and spread it around, as long as you don’t charge money for it, do put my name on it, and distribute works derived from it under the same license. Enjoy!

Building Your Own Morning Light

Morning Light was developed using the LilyPond music typesetting system and is “compiled” using Freedom Software tools. To build a customized copy of Morning Light, you will need:

A complete list of compilation targets is available by typing “ant” at the command line. To build the entire distribution, use this command: ant fullclean all pngcrush

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