For an introduction to our daily prayers, click here

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 Advent]

You sent your messengers, the prophets,
to preach repentance and to prepare the way for our salvation:
Give us grace to heed their warnings, and to forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of our Redeemer...

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 God's Children from the Letter of Paul to the Romans]

The life-giving law of the Spirit
sets us free from the law of sin and death.

All who are led by the Spirit are the children of God.
The Spirit affirms to our spirits that indeed we are Your own,
and if children, then heirs – fellow heirs with Christ.
But we must share in His sufferings if we would share in His glory.

The suffering we now endure
bears no comparison with the glory in store.
And the whole world waits in hope for the children of God to be seen. [A]

Psalter

111. We will give thanks to You with our whole heart.

Great are all your deeds, and studied by all who delight in them.
Full of majesty and splendor, Your righteousness endures forever.
You make Your works that we might remember You,
And Your grace and Your compassion to us.
You give food to those who fear You;
You are ever mindful of Your covenant.
You have shown Your people the power of Your works,
Giving them a land in which to dwell. [A]

The works of Your hands are faithfulness and justice;
and all Your commandments are sure.
They stand fast forever, because they are done in truth and equity.
You sent redemption to Your people, and commanded Your covenant forever.
To fear You is the beginning of wisdom;
those who act upon it have a good understanding. [A]

 

112. Happy are they who fear You and delight in Your commandments.

Light shines in darkness for the upright; they are merciful and full of compassion.
It is good for them to lend generously, to manage their affairs with justice.
The righteous will never be shaken; they will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
Their hearts are right; they trust in You; they are not afraid of rumors.
They give freely to the poor; their righteousness stands fast forever.
They put their trust in You, and they hold up their heads with honor. [A]

 

113. May Your Holy Name be blessed by Your servants.

From the rising of the sun to its setting, let Your Holy Name be praised.
You are high above the heavens, Your glory over all the earth.
Who is like You, enthroned on high, and still You stoop to behold us?
Who but You takes up the weak from out of the dust?
Who but You will lift the poor from out of the ashes? [A]

 

114. Our home has become Your dwelling-place, O God.

When we returned from the land of our bondage,
from the land where we were strangers
Then our home became Your sanctuary,
and our own dwelling-place Your dominion.
May the whole earth tremble at Your presence,
at Your presence with those You have chosen.
You are the One Who has turned the hard rock into a pool of water,
the One Who has turned stone into a flowing spring. [A]

Gospel

Pay attention to how you listen to me.

For this I was born,
and for this I have come:
to bear witness to the Truth.
This is the work that God requires:
Believe in the one that God sent.
I tell you truly that heaven and earth will pass away
but the things I say will not.
Whoever discovers the meaning of them
will not know the taste of death.

Anyone who listens to what I say
and puts their trust in the One Who sent me
has hold of the life of the kingdom,
the life that does not end.
They will not come up for judgement
but have already passed from death into life.

Live in the things I have come to show you
and you will indeed be my friends.
You will know the truth
and the truth will set you free.
Blessed are the ones who hear the Word and truly keep it.

This is the way of the kingdom–
Two men went to build a house.
The first built his house
with the foundation upon a rock,
so that when the storms came
the house stood fast.
The second man built his house upon the sand
with no foundation at all.
When the storms came
the house was washed away.
That is what happens to those
who come to me and hear my words
but do not obey them.

Do not call me Master
and then not do what I say.
Do what I tell you, without delay,
without reserve.
Serve in the straight and narrow and direct way.
Pay attention, I say to you.
Pay attention to how you listen to me.

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.]