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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 Messiah from the Book of Isaiah]

We that have walked in darkness have seen a great light;
on all those who lived in a land as dark as death, a light has dawned.

You have increased our joy and given us great gladness,
we rejoice in Your presence as those who rejoice at the harvest.
You have broken the yoke that has burdened us,
the rod that was laid on our shoulders.
For a Child will be born unto us, unto us a Son will be given.
To bear the symbol of dominion on His shoulder,
to be called, Wonderful, Counselor,
Almighty God, Eternal One, The Prince of Peace.
And wide will be the dominion, and boundless will be the peace
that will be bestowed upon His kingdom,
to establish and support it with righteousness, now and for evermore.

On him will Your Spirit rest:
the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord,
and the fear of the Lord shall be his delight.
He will not judge by appearance or hearsay,
but will judge with equity and defend the humble.
He will wear the belt of justice, and truth will be his girdle.

The lion will lie down with the lamb,
and the wolf will lie with the kid,
and the calf and the young lion will feed together,
with a little child to tend to them.
There will be neither hurt nor harm in all Your holy mountain,
for the land will be filled with the knowledge of You, as the waters still cover the sea. [A]

Psalter

56. Have mercy on us, for our enemy is hounding us.

All day long the enemy assaults us and oppresses us.
But whenever we are afraid, we shall put our trust in You.
In You, Whose Word we praise, in You we trust and will not be afraid.
You have noted our lamentations, and collected our tears in Your bottle.
Are they not recorded in Your book?
Whenever we call upon You, our enemy will be put to flight.
This we know, for You are by our side.
We are bound by the vows we have made; and make our offerings to You.
For You have rescued our souls from death, and our feet from stumbling;
That we may walk before You in the land of the living. [A]


57. Be merciful to us, for we have taken refuge in You.

In the shadow of Your wings, we take refuge until the time of trouble is past.
We will call upon You, the One Who upholds our case.
For You will send forth from heaven and save us,
sending forth Your love and faithfulness.
Exalt Yourself above the heavens, and Your glory over all the earth.
Our hearts are firmly fixed on You, our hearts are firmly fixed.
We shall sing and make melody to You;
We ourselves shall waken the dawn with our praises.
We will confess Your name among all people,
For Your compassion is greater than the heavens,
and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. [A]


58. Surely there is a reward for the righteous.

Do our rulers indeed decree righteousness, or judge the people with equity?
Or do they devise evil in their hearts, and deal out violence in the land?
Let those who do evil vanish like water that runs off;
Let them wither like the grass trodden underfoot.
Let them be swept away like a brier, before they bear fruit.
The righteous will be glad and say, “There is a God that rules the earth.” [A]

Gospel

The first commandment is to love God.

Do not think that I have come
to abolish the Law of God,
I have come to fulfill it.
And I tell you truly
that all of the Law and all of the prophets
are fulfilled in two commandments.

The first one is this:
Love God with all of your heart,
and with all of your soul,
and with all of your mind,
and with all of your strength.
Pay homage to the One Who made us
and to Him alone.

This is the way of the kingdom–

There was a merchant
who was searching for fine pearls.
When she finds the one that is the most precious,
she sells everything that she has
in order to buy the one
that is of the most value.

God is spirit
and those who would worship God
must do so in spirit and in truth.

If you have ears to hear, then hear:
The first commandment is to love God.

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.]