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 [Christ Our Passover from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians]
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast.
And let us keep it not with the old leaven,
the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ being raised from the dead
will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life that he lives, he lives to God.
So consider yourselves dead unto sin,
and alive unto God in Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death,
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be alive. [A]
102. Hear our prayer, O God and let our cry come before You.
Hide not Your face in the day of our trouble.
Incline Your ear to us; when we call, make haste to help us.
Our days drift away like smoke, our hearts are withered like the grass.
We lie awake and groan; we are like sparrows on lonely rooftops.
We have eaten ashes for our bread, and mingled our drink with our tears.
Our days pass away like shadows; we wither and we waste away. [A]
You will build up Your people, and Your glory will appear.
You will look with favor upon the homeless, and not despise their pleas.
Let this be told to a future generation, so that a people unborn may praise You.
For You have looked down from Your heaven and beheld the earth,
That You might hear the captive’s groan, and set free those condemned to die. [A]
You will endure forever, and Your Name from age to age.
In the beginning You laid a foundation for the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish; they shall wear out like a garment.
But You are always the same, and Your years will never end. [A]
103. May all that is within us bless Your Holy Name.
May we bless You, and forget not all of Your benefits.
You forgive our sins and heal our infirmities.
You redeem our lives from the grave, and crown us with mercy and kindness.
You satisfy us with good things, and our strength is renewed.
You execute righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
You are full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness. [A]
You have not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
As high as the heavens are above the earth, so is Your mercy.
As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed.
As a father cares for his children, so do You care for us.
You know whereof that we are made, and remember that we are but dust.
Your merciful goodness endures forever, for those who keep Your ways.
All Your works shall bless You, in all times and in all places.
May our souls always bless You, and all who hearken to Your voice. [A]
You must forgive others if you want to be forgiven.
Whenever you stand with your gift before the altar
and recall a grievance that stands between
you and your neighbor,
you must leave your gift at the altar,
and first go and offer peace to your neighbor.
Then you may offer your gift to God.
Whenever two make peace with each other,
then the two become one,
and they will be able to move mountains together.
Blessed are the ones who make peace,
they will be called God’s own children.
If you forgive others the wrongs they have done,
then God will forgive you.
But unless you forgive others from the heart,
then you will not be forgiven.
Because where little has been forgiven,
then little love has been shown.
This is the way of the kingdom–
There was a master who decided
to settle his accounts with his debtors.
A man was brought to him,
a man who owed the master a huge sum of money.
When he told the master that he could not pay the debt,
the mastered ordered him to be sold into slavery,
along with his wife and his children,
so that the master could get some of his money back.
The debtor fell on his face and begged for mercy,
telling the master that he would repay every cent
if the master would but show some mercy.
The master was compassionate
and let him go and canceled the debt.
As soon as the debtor had been freed
he ran into a slave who owed him a small amount of money,
and he grabbed the slave around the neck
and demanded to be paid.
The slave begged for mercy
but the man would not hear of it
and had him thrown into prison.
When the master heard the story,
he sent for the debtor again.
“Would it not be only fair to show mercy
the way that mercy was shown to you?”
And the master was so angry
that he had the man returned to the authorities
until the entire large debt was repaid.
You have been taught that you should
forgive one another seven times.
But I say to you truly,
forgive one another not seven times,
but seventy times seven.
Forgive the debt that is owed you by another
as God forgives the debt that you owe.
You must forgive others
if you want to be forgiven.
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.]