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 the Blessed from the Gospel According to Matthew]
Blessed are the poor among us,
and happy are they.
Blessed are the ones who are poor,
they will be shown the kingdom of God.
Blessed are the ones who are poor in spirit,
they too will be given the kingdom.
Blessed are the ones who weep and mourn,
they shall find comfort
and be filled with laughter.
Blessed are the humble and the meek,
the whole world will be theirs.
Blessed are the ones who show mercy,
mercy will be shown to them.
Blessed are the ones who hunger for righteousness,
they shall be filled indeed.
Blessed are those whose hearts are pure,
they will see the very face of God.
Blessed are the ones who make peace,
they will be called God’s own.
Blessed are the ones who are persecuted in their hearts;
they are the ones who will truly know God.
Blessed are the ones
who have worked hard to find life,
and have found it.
Blessed are the ones who hear the word of the Lord,
and truly keep it.
Blessed are the ones who have not seen Me,
and yet still believed. [A]
86. Bow down Your ear and answer, for we are poor and in misery.
Keep watch over the lives of the faithful; save the servants who trust in You.
Be merciful to us, for You are our God; we call upon You all the day long.
Gladden the souls of Your servants, for to You we lift up our hearts.
You are forgiving, and great is Your love toward all who fear You. [A]
Give ear to our prayer; attend the voice of our supplication.
In the time of trouble we will call upon You, and You will answer.
Among all gods, there is none like You, nor anything like Your works.
For You alone are the Holy One, and You do wondrous things.
Teach us Your way and we will walk in Your Truth; knit our hearts to Yours.
We will thank You with all our heart, and glorify Your holy Name.
For great is Your love toward us; You have delivered us from the grave.
You are gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness.
Turn and have mercy upon us; give Your strength to Your servants.
Show us a sign of Your favor, O God; grant us Your help and comfort. [A]
87. On the holy mountain stands Your beloved City
Glorious things are spoken of Your City.
All are to be counted among her citizens, for in Your city were they born.
Everyone was born of her, and the Most High sustains her.
As we are enrolled, You shall say of all that they too were born in the City.
All our singers and dancers will rejoice, that all their fresh springs are in You. [A]
88. By day and by night we cry to You.
Let our prayers enter Your presence; incline Your ear to our lamentations.
For we are full of trouble; our life is at the brink of the grave.
We have become like those lost among the dead, like those with no strength,
Those whom You remember no more, those cut off from Your right hand.
You have laid us in dark places; Your anger weighs heavily upon us.
Our friends are far from us; we are imprisoned and cannot get free.
Our sight has failed us; we stretch out our hands, calling upon You daily. [A]
Do You work Your wonders for the dead? Do they rise up to give You thanks?
Is Your loving kindness declared in the grave, or Your faithfulness in the ruins?
Is Your righteousness to be found in the forgotten land? [A]
As for us, we cry to You for help each morning.
Why have You rejected us? Why have You hidden Your face from us?
Ever since our youth, we have borne Your terrors with a troubled mind.
Your anger has swept over us; our friends have been put away from us;
And the darkness is our only companion. [A]
The measure you give is the measure you will receive.
You must do for others
as you would have them do for you.
What you do not want done to you,
then do that to no one else.
Be just in your judgments,
and do not judge superficially.
If you do not judge others,
then you will not be judged.
If you do not condemn others,
you will not be condemned.
By your own words will you be justified,
and by your own words will you be condemned.
Use what you have been given to win friends,
so that when what you have been given is gone,
you will be received into the life of the kingdom.
This is the way of the kingdom–
There was a man
who was about to fire his steward for fraud.
He told the steward to prepare the accounts.
The steward said to himself:
“I am too old and weak to dig,
and I am too proud to beg.
Where will my friends come from in the future?”
So he called his master’s debtors together,
and said to them:
“I am leaving here and the accounts must be settled.
If you owe my master a hundred measures of oil,
then pay fifty, and the debt will be cleared.
If you owe a hundred measures of grain,
then pay eighty, and the debt will be forgiven.”
The debtors were well pleased with the steward,
and even the master had to smile
at the steward’s wisdom.
If you have ears then hear what I tell you:
The measure that you give
is the measure that you will receive.
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.]