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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 [The First song of Isaiah]

Surely it is God Who saves us;
We will trust in you and not be afraid.

For You are our stronghold, and our sure defense
and You will be our savior.
We shall draw water with rejoicing,
from the spring of Your salvation.
And we shall give our thanks to You, and call upon Your Name.
We shall make Your deeds known among all people;
and see that they remember Your Name is exalted.
We shall sing praises to You, for You have done great things,
and this shall be known in all the world.
All Your children shall cry aloud, and sing out their joy,
for the Holy One is in our midst. [A]

Psalter

62. For You alone our souls in silence wait.

You alone are our rock and our salvation, so that we shall not be shaken.
In You alone is our safety and our honor and our refuge.
We shall put our trust in You always, and pour out our hearts before You.
Though our wealth increases, we will not set our hearts upon it.
You have spoken, and we have heard You, that all power belongs to You.
Steadfast love is Yours; and You will repay us according to our deeds. [A]


63. You are our God, and eagerly we seek You.

Our souls thirst for You, as in a dry land where there is no water.
Therefore we gaze upon You in Your holy places, to behold Your glory.
Your loving kindness is better than life itself; our lips shall give You praise.
We will bless You as long as we live, and lift our hands in Your Name.
When we remember You on our beds, and meditate on You in the night,
Then our souls are content, and we praise You with joyful lips.
You have been our helper, and in the shadow of Your wings, we rejoice.
Our souls cling to You, and Your right hand holds us fast. [A]


64. Hear our voice when we complain, O God.

Our human hearts and minds are a mystery,
You can loose an arrow at them and suddenly they will be wounded.
Hear us, we pray, and protect us from the fear of our enemy.
Everyone will stand in awe of You,
recognizing Your works and declaring Your deeds.
The righteous will rejoice and put their trust in You,
And all who are true of heart will glory in Your Name. [A]

Gospel

The second commandment is to love your neighbor.

Love your neighbor like you love your own soul.
Take care of your neighbor
the way you would care for your own eyes.
Whoever gives even as much as a cup of cold water
to the least of their neighbors
can expect to receive the reward of the faithful.

Anyone who nurses anger against a brother or sister
must be brought to account for it.
Those who abuse others must answer for that as well.

This is the way of the kingdom–
There was a man traveling down a road
and he was attacked by bandits.
He was beaten and robbed and left by the road to die.
Not long after, a priest passed by,
and when he saw the man beside the road,
he crossed over to the other side and went on his way.
An official of the nearby town came by.
But he too passed by on the other side.
A third man came along, a foreigner,
and when he saw the man, he stopped to help.
He cleaned and bound the man’s wounds
and put him up on his horse
to take him to a nearby inn.
He gave some money to the innkeeper
and left instructions to do whatever needed to be done,
promising to pay the balance on his return.
Who was a neighbor to that man, I ask you?
And who is your neighbor?

I tell you truly
that all of the Law and all of the prophets
are fulfilled in two commandments:
Love God
and love your neighbor.

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.]