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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 [A Song of the Church]

You are God: we praise You.
You are the Lord: we acclaim You.

You are the eternal One: And all creation worships You.
To You all angels, all powers of heaven
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise You,
the noble fellowship of prophets praise You,
The white-robed army of martyrs praise You.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims You:
Father, of majesty unbounded;
Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship;
and Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.
When You became man to set us free,
You did not shun the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that You will come and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help Your people,
bought with the price of Your own blood,
and bring us with Your saints, to glory everlasting. [A]


139. You have examined us and You know us.

You know all that there is to know about us, even our thoughts from afar.
You know whether we work or rest, when we sit down and when we rise.
You have traced our journeys and our resting places;
You are familiar with all our paths.
There is not a word on our lips that You do not know.
You have kept close guard on us, and have spread You hand over us.
Such knowledge is beyond our understanding;
It is so high and so deep that we cannot reach it. [A]

Where can we hide from Your spirit? Where can we flee from Your presence?
If we climb up to heaven, You are there;
If we make our bed in hell, You are beside us.
If we take the wings of the morning, or dwell at the ends of the earth,
Even there Your hand will lead us; Your right hand will hold us fast.
If we say that darkness will surely cover us, and the light will turn to dark;
The darkness is not dark to You;
Night is as bright as day, they are the same to You. [A]

You are the One Who created our inmost being,
And knit us together in our mothers’ womb.
We thank You that we are so marvelously made;
And that we were not hidden from You,
when we were being made in secret,
And woven together in the depths of the earth. [A]

Search us, we pray, and know our hearts;
Test us, and know our restless minds.
Look for any wickedness in us;
And guide us in the Ancient and everlasting ways. [A]

140. You are our God; listen to our supplication.

You have covered our heads, in the days of our troubles.
Deliver us from the snares that have been hidden for us.
We know that You will maintain the cause of the poor and the needy.
Surely the righteous will give You thanks,
And the upright will continue in Your sight. [A]


Do not be afraid.

It is the Father’s good pleasure
to give you the kingdom.
And I am well pleased to be with you,
and to be joint heirs with you.

It is true that whoever is not with us
is against us.
Whoever does not gather with me, scatters.
But do not be afraid for your body,
be afraid of losing your soul.
Watch, therefore, and pray always.

To fight against the house of the powerful,
one must be ready to defeat the arms that protect it.
So be on your guard,
for the trouble that you expect will surely come.
Build your city upon a hill
and fortify it well.
Then it cannot be hidden and it cannot be taken.

Keep your lamps lit
like those who wait for the master to return
from the wedding feast,
the ones who are waiting to open the door
as soon as he returns with his bride.

This is the way of the kingdom–
It is like a builder
who is planning to build a tower.
First, he counts the cost.
It is like a ruler planning a battle.
First, he counts the size of both armies.
It is like an assassin practicing against the side of a house.
When he is ready,
then he goes in search of the enemy.
And it is like a shepherd who leaves the flock,
to go in search of the one that has gone astray.

Set your troubled hearts at rest
and let go of your fears.
You are my friends
and I will send you power from above,
the gift that has been promised,
the spirit of truth will guide you into all Truth.

Be watchful, then,
and strengthen the things that remain.
Remember what you have seen and heard,
and hold fast.

Do not be afraid, I say to you,
Do not be afraid, be ready.

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.]