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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 [A Song of Redemption from the Letter of Paul to the Colossians]

You have rescued us from the darkness,
and brought us to the kingdom of Your Son.

Through Your Son our release is secured, and our sins are forgiven.
He is the image of You, the invisible God,
and He is primary over all creation.
In Him, all in heaven and earth was created,
all things visible, and all things yet unseen.

The whole universe has been created through Him and for Him.
He exists before all things, and all things are held together in Him.
He is the head of the body of all faithful people;
He is the origin of the Church, and the first to return from the dead,
to become in all things supreme.

For in Him You chose to dwell in Your fullness,
and through Him to reconcile all to Yourself,
all things, whether on earth or in heaven,
making peace through the shedding
of blood on the cross. [A]

Psalter

105. We give our thanks to You, and call upon Your Holy Name.

We will sing praises to You, and make Your deeds known among us.
We will sing praises to You, and speak of Your marvelous works.
We will glory in Your Holy Name, may the hearts of all who seek You rejoice.
We will search for You and Your strength, and continually seek Your face.
We will remember the wonders You have done, and Your righteous judgements. [A]

You are God, Your judgements prevail in all the world.
You have always been mindful of Your covenant,
The promise You made for a thousand generations,
The covenant You made with Abraham, the oath You swore to Isaac,
The promise You established as a statute for Your people,
When they were but sojourners in the land.
You have remembered Your word and Your servants,
And You have led us forth with gladness and shouts of joy,
That we might keep Your ways and observe Your statutes. [A]

Gospel

Love your enemies.

You have been taught
that you should love your friends
and hate your enemies,
that you should take an eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth.

God’s sun rises every day on the evil and the good.
The rain falls every day on the just and the unjust.

It is no credit to you
if you love only those who love you,
or if you embrace only your brothers and sisters.
Anyone, everyone does that.
How is that more than others do?

This is the way of the kingdom–
If someone strikes your left cheek,
then offer your right cheek as well.
If someone takes your coat,
then offer them your shirt.
If someone forces you to go one mile for them,
then offer to go another.

You must do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you and pray for those who abuse you.
Love your enemies.

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.]