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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 Eastertide]

Through Your Divine Son,
You overcame death and offer to us the gift of life that knows no end:
Grant that we who celebrate this truth with joy,
may be raised from the death of sin to a life of grace…

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 Earth and All Its Creatures from the Song of the Three Young Men]

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

O let the earth bless the Lord in mountains and hills,
and all green things upon the earth, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O wells, bless the Lord, and seas and floods,
and whales, and all that move in the waters, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O birds of the air, bless the Lord, and beasts and cattle,
and all the children of the world, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O you angels, bless the Lord, and people of God,
and priests and servants, bless the Lord:
Praise and magnify God forever.

O you spirits, bless the Lord, and you souls of the righteous,
and holy and humble of heart, bless the Lord.
Bless the Creator, Redeemer, and the Giver of Life:
Praise and magnify God forever. [A]

Psalter

9. We will give thanks to You with our whole heart.

We will be glad and rejoice in You, and tell of Your marvelous works;
For You have maintained our cause, and are enthroned forever.
You are the One Who rules in righteousness, and judges the people with equity.
You are the refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble.
Those who know Your Name will seek You, and they will never be forsaken.
We will sing out praise to You, and proclaim what You have done for us.
Have pity on us, we pray; You alone can lift us from the gates of death,
so that we might rejoice in Your salvation and tell out all Your praise.
The needy will not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor will not perish. [A]


10. Why do You stand so far off, and hide Yourself in time of trouble?

The innocent are broken and humbled and helpless.
They say You have forgotten them, that You hide Your face and never notice.
Rise up, O God, and lift Your mighty hand; do not forget the afflicted.
Surely You behold their trouble and misery; see it and take it into Your hands.
The helpless commit themselves to You, for You are the helper of the abandoned.
Break the power of the wickedness, search it out until You find none.
The Almighty will hear the desire of the humble and strengthen their hearts,
to give justice to the oppressed, so that mortals may strike terror no more. [A]


11. In You have we taken refuge.

See how the wicked bend their bow to ambush the true of heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?
You are in Your holy temple; Your throne is in Your heaven.
Your eyes behold the inhabited world; Your eyes will weigh our worth.
You judge the righteous and the wicked, and hate the ones who do violence.
For You delight in righteous deeds, and the just shall see Your face. [A]

Gospel

To welcome me is to welcome the One Who sent me.

To listen to you or listen to me,
is not to hear you or me,
it is to hear the One Who sent us.

Whoever rejects you, rejects me.
Whoever listens to you, listens to me.
And whoever welcomes me,
welcomes the One Who made us all.

This is the way of the kingdom–
It is like a person
who has a treasure buried in their own field,
but they do not even know it.
They die and leave the field to their children,
who do not know the treasure is there either,
and so they sell the field.
The new owner begins to work in the field
and discovers the treasure that is hidden there.
In his joy and excitement,
he begins to share the treasure with anyone he sees.

You say to me: “Show us the Father,”
If you have ears, then hear:
To welcome me is to welcome the One who sent me.

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.]