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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 Wilderness from the Book of Isaiah]

Let the wilderness and the dry land be glad;
let the desert rejoice and burst into flower.
Let the whole earth sing and shout for joy.

Strengthen all the weary hands,
make steady the knees that tremble,
and say to those who are anxious, “Be strong and be not afraid.”
The eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf will be cleared.
Then the lame shall leap like the deer,
and the tongues of the speechless shall sing for joy.

For waters will spring up in the wilderness,
and there will be streams in the desert.
And those whom You have set free will return crowned with joy.
Their rejoicing will be everlasting,
and their sorrow and weariness shall then take flight. [A]

Psalter

44. We know of the deeds You did for our fathers and mothers.

Surely it was You Who gave us our victories too, and every day we gloried in You.
Nevertheless, we have been humbled; and are led like sheep to the slaughter.
We are the scorn of our neighbors, a mockery to those around us.
Our humiliation is daily before us, and shame has covered our faces.
All this has come upon us, yet we have not forgotten Your covenant.
Our hearts have not turned back, nor have our steps strayed from Your paths.
Even though we are thrust down in misery and covered in darkness. [A]

If we forget Your name, or stretch out our hands to another god,
Will You not find it out? For You have made the secrets of our hearts.
Awake, O God, why are You sleeping? Arise and do not reject us forever.
Why have You hidden Your face and forgotten our affliction?
We sink down to the dust, our bodies cling to the earth.
Rise up for us and help us; and save us for the sake of Your steadfast love. [A]


45. Our hearts are stirring with a noble song.

We will recite what we have fashioned for Your Chosen One:
You are the fairest of us all; grace flows from Your lips;
God has blessed You forever.
Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth and for the sake of justice.
Your own right hand will show You marvelous things;
And Your enemies shall lose heart.
Your throne will endure forever;
And You will be anointed with the oil of gladness.
Your Name will be remembered for all generations;
And we will praise You forever. [A]


46. The God of Hosts is with us.

You are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in a time of trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear, though the mountains tremble and the seas rage.
There is a river whose streams make glad the City of God.
You are in her midst, she will not be overthrown.
You are the One Who makes war to cease,
Who breaks the bow and shatters the spear.
We come now to see Your works, the things You have done here on earth.
We will be still and know that You are God;
And You will be exalted in all the earth. [A]

Gospel

I came to call sinners to repentance.

To all of you whose load is heavy,
whose burden is hard to bear,
I say, “Come with me,
and I will give you rest.”
The load that I offer you is light
and it is good to bear.
Learn from me
and your souls will find relief.

In the end, it is only the destitute
who will be found innocent.
Only the wretched will be guiltless,
only the despised will be blameless.
Those who are well, and those who claim they are well,
have no need of a physician.
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
they will be given the kingdom.

This is the way of the kingdom–

It is as though a fisherman throws a net into the sea
and it is full of all kinds of fish.
When the net is filled
he brings it ashore,
and the good ones are collected into baskets.

You ask me:
“Why do you spend your time with
the publicans and the sinners?”
I say to you truly,
I came to save that which is lost.
I came to call sinners to repentance.

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.]