For an introduction to our daily prayers, click here


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 Lent]

You alone bring order to the unruly wills and affections of sinners:
May we love what You command, and desire what You promise,
so that, among the swift and varied changes of this world,
our hearts may be fixed where true joy is to be found...

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 [The Nicene Creed]

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
The only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through Him all things were made.

For us and our salvation
He came down from heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit
He became incarnate from the virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day He rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.


132. We come into Your house; and with the faithful sing for joy.

You have chosen a people, and You desire to live among them;
You have sworn an oath that will not be broken:
A son will You sit upon the throne, if we keep Your covenant,
and if we remember the testimonies You have given us.
Then shall our children sit upon the throne forevermore;
And this will be Your resting place forever, and here will You dwell.
You will bless this place with provisions and satisfy the poor with bread.
You will clothe Your priests with salvation; and your faithful will rejoice.
You have prepared a lamp for Your Anointed One,
And his crown shall shine forever. [A]

133. How good it is when we live together in unity.

It is like the fine oil used to bless the priests and the holy ones.
It is like the sweet dew upon the hills in the morning.
You have ordained such unity with this Your blessing:
Life, and life forevermore. [A]

134. May all Your servants praise You.

May all who stand watch in Your holy place bless Your Name.
May they lift up their hands in Your sanctuary and praise You.
And may Almighty God, the One Who made heaven and earth,
Bless us from on high forever. [A]

135. May all who stand in Your courts praise Your Name.

May they always praise You, for You are good.
We sing our praises to Your Name, for it is lovely.
We know that You are great, that You are above all gods. [A]

Whatever You please, that is what You do,
In heaven and earth, in all the seas and in all the deeps.
You send Your rain and wind from the ends of the earth,
And signs and wonders into our midst.
Your Name is everlasting; Your renown endures from age to age.
You give justice to Your people, and show compassion to Your servants. [A]

The idols of the heathen are but the work of human hands;
They have mouths but cannot speak; eyes but cannot see; ears but cannot hear.
Those who make them are like them, and so are all who trust in them.
May Your servants bless You;
May all who fear You, bless Your Holy Name. [A]


Do not worry about tomorrow.

Why should you worry about your life
all day and all night?
About what you will eat and what you will wear?
With all of your worrying,
could you add even a single hour to your life?
If you cannot do a simple thing like that,
why should you worry about all the rest, then?

You are worried and distracted by many things,
but there is only one thing that matters:
Be sure you find the kingdom.
Be sure of God’s rule over you
and the other things that you need
will be added to you as well.
When you can leave behind
those things that will not be able to follow you,
then you will be able to put yourselves at rest.

This is the way of the kingdom–
Look at the flowers in the fields,
they do not spin or weave.
Yet Solomon in all of his glory
shone less brightly than they.
Look at the sparrows.
They do not plant or sow,
they do not reap or save.
Yet every day God gives them food to eat.
God counts the sparrows, to be sure,
but God counts even the hairs on your head.
Surely you must know that you are worth more than sparrows.

Take care lest your hearts be weighed down
with the cares of this life.
This day will have enough trouble
and tomorrow will bring trouble of its own.
Seek the kingdom first,
everything else will come in due season.

If you have ears, then hear what I say:
Do not worry about tomorrow.

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.]