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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 Praise from the Song of the Three Young Men]

Blessed are You–Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life:
Praised and exalted above all forever.

Blessed are You, O God of our fathers and mothers,
praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed are You for the Name of Your majesty,
praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed are You in the temple of Your holiness,
praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed are You that beholds the depths,
praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed are You on Your glorious throne,
praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed are You in the highest of heavens,
praised and exalted above all forever. [A]

Psalter

15. Who may dwell in Your House? Or abide upon Your holy hill?

Whoever leads a blameless life, does what is right, and speaks the truth.
Those who have no guile, those who do no evil,
and those who do not hold their neighbor in contempt.
Those who honor those who fear You, and reject the things of the wicked.
Those who swear to do no wrong, and do not take back their word.
Those who do not give away money in the hope of gain,
and those who do not take advantage of the weak.
Whoever does these things shall not be overthrown. [A]

16. Protect us, O God, for we take our refuge in You.

You are our God, our good above all other.
You are our portion and our cup, You are the One Who upholds us.
Our boundaries enclose a pleasant land, and we have goodly heritage.
We bless You, for You give us counsel in our hearts night after night.
We have set You always before us, with You at our side, we shall not fall.
Our hearts are glad and our spirits rejoice; we shall rest in hope.
For You will not abandon us to the grave, You will show us the path of life.
In Your presence, there is fullness of joy. [A]


17. Hear our plea of innocence, and give heed to our cry.

Listen to our prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
Let Your eyes be fixed on justice, let our vindication come from You.
Summon us by night and weigh our hearts; melt them and find no impurity.
We have heeded Your words and give no offense with our lips.
Our footsteps hold fast to Your ways; in Your paths, we will not stumble.
We call upon You and You will answer; incline Your ear and hear us.
O Savior of those who take refuge in You, show us Your loving kindness.
Keep us as the apple of Your eye, and hide us in the shadow of Your wings.
When we wake we shall see You, and be satisfied to behold Your likeness. [A]

Gospel

See what is moving among you.

Are you not wise enough to look at the sky
and tell whether or not it is going to rain?
Or to look at the trees and know
that when they begin to bloom the summer is near?
Can you not look around you now
and see what is moving among you?
Can you not see what is moving within you?

It is not fitting that you are ignorant of your self.
Examine your self that you may understand who you are,
and in what way you exist, and how you will come to be.
Those who have known themselves
have already begun to learn about the depth of All.

This is the way of the kingdom–
A farmer sows seed upon the land.
Night and day,
while he is asleep and while he is awake,
the seed is growing.
He does not know how it grows,
it grows of its own accord.
First the land produces the shoot
and then the ear, and then the grain.
When the crop is ready, he starts to reap
because the harvest is come.

The time is ripe for the harvest now,
and the sickle is ready.
Do not keep begging for the harvest,
it is large enough.
What is needed are more workers.
Beg for more workers
that the harvest might not be lost.

If you have eyes, then see, I tell you:
Look around you now,
and see what is moving among you.

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.]