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 God's Mercy from the Old Testament Apocryphal Book of Judith]
A new song we will sing to You,
for You are great and glorious and marvelous in strength.
May Your every creature serve You,
for You spoke and all things were made.
You sent Your Spirit and all was created,
there is no thing that can resist Your voice.
Should the mountains be shaken to their foundations,
should the rocks melt before Your holy face,
You would still show Your mercy to all things,
and You would still have compassion
for those who fear You.
For every sacrifice is but a small thing indeed,
but whoever fears You is great forever. [A]
79. The wicked have come into Your inheritance, O God.
Your holy temple has been profaned; Your holy city is in ruins.
Your people are a reproach to their neighbors, objects of scorn and derision.
How long will You be angry? Will Your fury blaze like fire forever?
Remember not our past sins; let Your compassion be swift to meet us.
Help us, for the glory of Your Name; deliver us, and forgive us our sins.
Hear the sighing of the sorrowful and spare us, for we are Your people.
We will give You thanks forever, and we will praise You from age to age. [A]
80. Shine forth, You that are enthroned with angels.
How long will you be angry, despite the prayers of Your people?
You have fed us with the bread of tears, and with bowls of tears to drink.
We have become the derision of our neighbors; our enemies laugh us to scorn.
Turn now, we pray, look down upon us from heaven.
Behold and tend this vine; preserve what Your right hand has planted.
Let Your hand be on the One You have made so strong for Yourself.
And so that we will never turn away, give us life, that we may call on Your Name.
Restore us, we pray; show us the light of Your face, and we shall be saved. [A]
81. We sing with joy, and shout to You on high.
We raise a song and sound the timbrel; we play the harp and play the strings.
We blow the horn at the new moon, and again on the day of the feast.
For this is a statute for Your people, a law for Your glory.
It has been laid upon us as a solemn charge, when you delivered us. [A]
You eased our shoulders from bearing the burden, and set us free.
We called on You in our trouble, and You saved us.
We tested You and You answered us in secret.
You are our God, the One Who brought us out of captivity.
And yet we listened to Your voice, and would not obey Your law.
So we were given over to our stubbornness, left to follow our own devices.[A]
O that we would listen to You; O that we would walk in Your ways.
You would soon subdue our enemies, turning Your hand against our foes.
You would feed us with the finest wheat, and with honey from the rock. [A]
Much is required to whom much is given.
Those who are dishonest in a little
will prove to be dishonest in much.
And if one cannot be trusted
with what belongs to someone else,
then who will give them something of their own?
If one cannot even be trusted with
the wealth of this world,
how can they be trusted with the things that are real?
This is the way of the kingdom–
There was a master who was going away
to a far country for a time.
He called for his three stewards
and gave them money to be used while he was away.
To the first, he gave three measures,
to the second he gave two,
and to the third he gave one.
Upon his return, he called the stewards
for an accounting of their activities.
The first steward reported that he had doubled the money.
The master was pleased with him
and doubled his authority.
The second steward reported that he too
had doubled the money.
And the master doubled his authority as well.
The third steward reported that he had buried the money
so as not to lose it,
because he was afraid.
The master was angry with him
and took away everything the steward had.
Those who are found faithful in a little
will be found faithful in much.
But when they have carried out their orders,
they should say to themselves
that they have only fulfilled their duty,
for I tell you truly:
Much is required of those whom much is given.
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.]