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.
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 Spirit of Wisdom]
We prayed and understanding was given to us;
we called to You and were given the spirit of Wisdom.
We preferred her to wealth and to power,
compared to her, all our riches were nothing.
We counted no precious stone as her equal,
before her gold is but a handful of dust, and silver no more than the clay.
We loved her more than health and beauty,
and preferred her to the light of the day,
for her light never sleeps.
All good things that came to us came because she was with us,
and countless riches they were, they cannot all be told.
Everything was ours to enjoy,
for all is brought forth by her wisdom,
though we did not know then, that she is their source.
We learned about her simply and slowly, in quiet,
and pass on what we know without holding back,
and we will not hide the riches she brings.
To us, she has become unfailing treasure,
and those who receive it are commended to You by the gift of her ways. [A]
30. We will exalt You because You have lifted us up.
We cried out to You, and You restored us to health.
You brought us up from the dead as we were going down to the grave.
We sing to You, and give You thanks for the remembrance of Your holiness.
Your wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye; Your favor for a lifetime.
Weeping may be ours for a night, but true joy comes in the morning. [A]
While we felt secure, we thought we could never be disturbed,
As though Your favor had made us as strong as the mountains.
Then You hid Your face from us, and we were filled with fear.
“What profit is there if we go down to the Pit?” we cried;
“Will the dust praise You or declare Your faithfulness?
Hear us, and have mercy upon us; be our helper again,” we prayed.
And You have turned our wailing into dancing and clothed us with joy.
Therefore our hearts sing to You without ceasing;
and we will give You our thanks forever. [A]
31. In You have we taken refuge, deliver us in Your righteousness.
Incline Your ear to us; make haste to help us and deliver us.
Be our strong rock, a castle to keep us safe; guide us for the sake of Your Name.
Save us from the net that is secretly set for us, for You are our strength.
Into Your hands we commit our spirits; for You have redeemed us. [A]
We will rejoice and be glad because of Your mercy, for You know our distress.
You have not shut us away in the power of the enemy;
You have set our feet in open places.
Have mercy on us, for we are in trouble; we are consumed with sorrows.
Our life is wasted away with grief and our years with sighing;
And our strength has failed us.
We are forgotten, like the dead; we are useless.
We can hear the whispering that is all around us, we have seen the fear.
But we have trusted in You, and our times are in Your hands.
Make Your face to shine upon Your servants; save us in Your loving kindness.
Let us not be ashamed for having called up You. [A]
How great is Your goodness to those who fear You,
How great are the things You have done in our sight.
We shall love You, O God, and worship You;
We shall be strong, and let our hearts take courage. [A]
Keep seeking until you find.
No one who follows me
will be left to wander in the dark.
They shall be given the light of life.
So pay attention to what is in front of you
and what is hidden will be revealed.
For nothing that is hidden will not be made clear,
and nothing that is secret
will remain secret forever.
Let those who would seek
continue seeking until they find.
When they find, they will become troubled.
When they become troubled, they will be astonished.
When they are astonished, then all will be theirs.
Blessed are the ones
who have worked hard to find life
and have found it.
This is the way of the kingdom–
There was a woman who,
no matter what anyone else said of her,
continually confronted a judge
for vindication in her case.
Time and time again,
she knocked at his door and pleaded for justice.
The judge cared neither for justice or for the woman,
but finally he gave in.
Because even though what was right or wrong did not bother him,
Ask and you will receive, I tell you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will open wide before you.
The door will always be open to one who knocks.
If you have ears, then hear what I say:
Hasten to be saved without being urged;
be eager for it of your own accord.
And keep seeking until you find.
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.
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.
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.
[Taken from Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer. Please send any typos to Phil Owen.]