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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 Epiphany]

In the work of Your creation, Almighty God,
You commanded the Light to shine out of the darkness:
Grant that the light of the gospel of Christ may shine into the hearts of all,
dispelling the darkness of unbelief, and revealing Your glory in the world...

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 Penitence from the Prayer of Manasseh]

O Lord and ruler of the hosts of heaven,
You made the heavens and the earth, with all their vast array.

All things quake with the fear at Your presence;
they tremble because of Your power.
But Your merciful promise is beyond all measure;
it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.
O Lord, You are full of compassion, long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.
You hold back your hand; You do not punish as we deserve.
In Your great goodness, Lord, you have promised forgiveness to sinners,
that we may repent of our sin and be saved.

And now, O Lord, we bend the knee of our hearts,
and make our appeal, sure of Your gracious goodness.
We have sinned, O Lord, we have sinned,
and we know our wickedness only too well.
Therefore we make this prayer to You: Forgive us, Lord, forgive us.
Do not let us perish in our sin,
nor condemn us to the depths of the earth.

For You, O Lord, are the God of those who repent,
and in us You will show forth your goodness.
Unworthy as we are, You will save us,
in accordance with Your great mercy,
and we will praise You without ceasing all the days of our life.
For all the powers of heaven sing Your praises,
and Yours is the glory to ages of ages. [A]


75. We give You thanks, O God, we give You thanks.

We give You thanks, calling Your name, and declaring Your deeds.
You will appoint a time when you will judge us with equity.
Though all the earth trembles, You will keep its foundations fast.
Judgement comes neither from the east or from the west;
Nor is it from the mountains or the wilderness.
You are the One Who judges, who puts one down and lifts another.
We will rejoice for ever, singing praise to the God of our fathers and mothers. [A]

76. How glorious You are, more splendid than the mountains.

What terror You inspire! Who can stand before You when You are angry?
Who can stand when You rise up to judgement and rise to save the oppressed?
When You pronounce Your judgement, the whole earth is afraid and still.
We will make our vows to You, and we shall keep them.
Let all who gather around You bring gifts to You,
For You are the One Who is worthy to be feared. [A]

77. We will cry aloud to You, and you will hear us.

In the day of our trouble, we seek You, and refuse to be comforted.
We think only of You; we are restless and our spirits faint.
Our eyes will not close so that we can rest; we are troubled and cannot speak.
We consider the days gone by; we remember the years long past.
We listen to our hearts in the night; we ponder and search our minds. [A]

Will You cast us off for ever? Will You no more show Your favor?
Have You forgotten to be gracious? Do You withhold Your compassion in anger?
Has Your right hand lost its power? [A]

We will remember Your works, and call to mind Your wonders of old.
We will meditate on all Your acts, and ponder Your mighty deeds.
Your way is holy; who is so great a God as You?
You are the One Who works wonders; and Your strength has redeemed us.
By the hand of Your servants, You have led us like a flock. [A]


Your heart is where your treasure is.

Would it profit you to gain the whole world
and lose yourself in the bargain?

Men and women do not live by bread alone.
And life does not consist of the abundance of possessions.
Work for the things that will last,
the things of the life that does not end,
rather than for the things that perish.

Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.
Seek treasure that is unfailing,
treasure that will endure,
treasure that cannot be lost––
not to moths, not to thieves,
not to death itself.

This is the way of the kingdom–
A rich man was making long-term plans
and said to himself:
“I will plant and sow and reap and gather
until my storerooms and my barns are full.
Then I will have all that I will ever need.”
That night he died in his sleep.

I tell you truly
that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than it is for a person with riches to enter the kingdom.

If you have ears, then hear what I tell you:
Your heart is where your treasure is.

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.]