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Versicle

God said: “Let there be light”; and there was light,
And God saw that the light was good.
This very day the Lord has acted.
May God’s Name be praised. 

Venite [Psalm 95]

Come, let us raise a joyful song,
a shout of triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into Your presence with thanksgiving,
singing songs of triumph.
For You are a great God, a great king over all gods.
The depths of the earth are in Your hands; mountains belong to You.
The sea is Yours, for You made it;
and the dry land Your hands fashioned.
Let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the One who made us.
For You are our God, and we are the flock that You shepherd.
We will know Your power and presence this day,
if we will but listen for Your voice.

Collect of the Season [A Collect for Advent]

You sent your messengers, the prophets,
to preach repentance and to prepare the way for our salvation:
Give us grace to heed their warnings, and to forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of our Redeemer...

Collect of the Office [A Collect for Morning Prayer]

Drive far from us all wrong desires,
and incline our hearts to keep Your ways:
Grant that having cheerfully done Your will this day,
we may, when night comes, rejoice and give You thanks;
through the One Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Canticle: Benedictus [Zechariah's Song]

Blessed be God, who has turned to His people and saved us and set us free.
You have raised up for us a strong deliverer, and so You promised:
Age after age You proclaimed by the lips of Your holy prophets,
that You would deliver us, calling to mind Your solemn covenant.
This was the promise that You made: To rescue us and free us from fear,
so that we might worship You with a holy worship,
in Your holy presence our whole life long.
In Your tender compassion, the morning sun has risen upon us –
to shine on us in our darkness, to guide our feet into the paths of peace.

Canticle of the Day [A Song of the Cosmic Order from the Song of the Three Young Men]

All of you works of God, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O you heavens, and you waters that be above the firmament,
and all you mighty powers, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O sun and moon, stars of heaven,
and showers and dew, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O winds of God, and fire and heat,
and winter and summer, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O dews and frosts, and frost and cold,
and ice and snow, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O nights and days, and light and darkness,
and lightning and clouds, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever. [A]

Psalter

1. Happy are they who do not walk in the way of sinners.

Their delight is in Your way; they meditate on it day and night.
They are like trees planted beside the waters, bearing fruit in due season.
It is not so with the wicked; they are as chaff, taken away in the wind.
You know the way of the righteous; the way of the wicked is doomed. [A]


2. Why are the people in an uproar and mutter empty threats?

Why do kings of the earth rise up and revolt against You?
The One Who has made us is laughing, holding them in derision.
This is Your decree: “I myself have set my anointed on the holy hill.
This is my Son; this day have I begotten him.
When he asks, I will give him the nations and the ends of the earth.”
Be warned, you rulers; be wise, you kings of the earth.
Submit to the Almighty with fear, and with trembling bow down before God.
Happy are they who take their refuge in You. [A]


3. How many there are against us; how strong is our adversary.

You are a shield about us; You are the One Who lifts up our heads.
We call aloud upon You, and You answer from Your holy hill.
We lie down and we go to sleep; we wake again because You sustain us.
We do not fear those that have set themselves against us.
Rise up, O God, and set us free, for deliverance belongs to You,
and may Your blessing be upon Your children. [A]


4. Answer us when we call, O defender of our cause.

You set us free when we are hard-pressed; have mercy and hear our prayer.
We know that You do wonders for the faithful, that when we call, You hear us.
We tremble then, and shall not sin; we shall speak to our hearts in silence.
We shall offer the appointed sacrifices and put our trust in You.
Many are saying, “O that we would see better times!”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, we pray.
You have put gladness in our hearts, more than when our wealth increases.
We shall lie down at peace, for You make us to dwell in safety. [A]

Gospel

What have you come to the desert to see?

Have you come to see a reed that shakes in the wind?
Or someone dressed in fine clothes like royalty?
Or a prophet, perhaps?

You remind me of the children
that shout to each other in the marketplace:
“We play for you, but you do not dance,” they sing;
“We weep for you, but you do not mourn,” they cry.
Will you not believe unless you see signs and wonders?

This is the news of the kingdom–
The time has come,
and the kingdom is upon you.
Repent, then,
and believe the good news.

You say to me: “Are you the One?”
And I say to you that I am the hope of the hopeless,
the helper of those who have no helper,
the treasure of those in need, the physician of the sick,
and the resurrection of the dead.
And I shall give you what no eye has ever seen,
what no ear has ever heard,
what no hand has ever touched,
what has never before arisen in a human heart.

You say to me:
“Where are you going?”
and “Can we come with you?”
Come and see, I say to you, come and see.

Prayers of the People

We give You thanks, Almighty God: For all Your gifts
so freely bestowed upon us and all whom You have made:
We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of life;
above all, for the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the hope of glory and for the means of grace.

We thank You, O Lord.

Grant us such an awareness of Your mercies, we pray,
that with truly thankful hearts, we may give You praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving ourselves to Your service,
and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days.

Hear us, O Lord.

We offer prayers for all those with whom we share the Journey:
For our loved ones, those who have been given to us,
and to whom we have been given: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

For those whom we have loved who are now absent from us: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

And for those we know who face particular trials and tests this day: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

We entrust all who are dear to us to Your never-failing love and care,
for this life and the life to come;
knowing that You will do for them
far more than we can desire or pray for.

Amen.

Now with all your people on earth, we pray the prayer
that Jesus taught those He called brothers and sisters and friends:

   Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. 
   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
   Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, 
   as we forgive those who trespass against us.
   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
   For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Blessing

Thanks be to God – Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.
We go in peace to serve the Lord,
and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with us all.

Amen.


[Taken from Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer. Please send any typos to Phil Owen.]