Daily Prayer

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Morning Prayer (Lent)

               Friday 27th March

Preparation

                    O Lord, open our lips
All                and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

                    Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,
All                according to your judgement give us life.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All                Blessed be God for ever.

A Song of Penitence

1                 Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; ♦
                   according to the abundance of your compassion
                       blot out my offences.

2                 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness ♦
                  and cleanse me from my sin.

3                 For I acknowledge my faults ♦
                   and my sin is ever before me.

4                 Against you only have I sinned ♦
                   and done what is evil in your sight,

5                 So that you are justified in your sentence ♦
                  and righteous in your judgement.

6                 Cast me not away from your presence ♦
                   and take not your holy spirit from me.

7                 Give me again the joy of your salvation ♦
                  and sustain me with your gracious spirit;

8                 Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked ♦
                  and sinners shall return to you.

9                 Deliver me from my guilt, O God,
                        the God of my salvation, ♦
                   and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 51.1-5, 12-15

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

All                Amen.

The Word of God

Psalm 102

1                 O Lord, hear my prayer ♦
                   and let my crying come before you.

2                 Hide not your face from me ♦
                    in the day of my distress.

3                 Incline your ear to me; ♦
                   when I call, make haste to answer me, R

4                 For my days are consumed in smoke ♦
                  and my bones burn away as in a furnace.

5                 My heart is smitten down and withered like grass, ♦
                  so that I forget to eat my bread.

6                 From the sound of my groaning ♦
                    my bones cleave fast to my skin.

7                 I am become like a vulture in the wilderness, ♦
                   like an owl that haunts the ruins.

8                 I keep watch and am become like a sparrow ♦
                   solitary upon the housetop.

9                 My enemies revile me all the day long, ♦
                   and those who rage at me have sworn together against me.

10               I have eaten ashes for bread ♦
                   and mingled my drink with weeping,

11               Because of your indignation and wrath, ♦
                  for you have taken me up and cast me down.

12               My days fade away like a shadow ♦
                   and I am withered like grass. R

13               But you, O Lord, shall endure for ever ♦
                  and your name through all generations.

14               You will arise and have pity on Zion; ♦
                   it is time to have mercy upon her;
                       surely the time has come.

15               For your servants love her very stones ♦
                   and feel compassion for her dust.

16               Then shall the nations fear your name, O Lord, ♦
                   and all the kings of the earth your glory,

17               When the Lord has built up Zion ♦
                   and shown himself in glory;

18               When he has turned to the prayer of the destitute ♦
                   and has not despised their plea. R

19               This shall be written for those that come after, ♦
                    and a people yet unborn shall praise the Lord.

20               For he has looked down from his holy height; ♦
                   from the heavens he beheld the earth,

21               That he might hear the sighings of the prisoner ♦
                   and set free those condemned to die;

22               That the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion ♦
                   and his praises in Jerusalem,

23               When peoples are gathered together ♦
                    and kingdoms also, to serve the Lord. R

24               He has brought down my strength in my journey ♦
                   and has shortened my days.

25               I pray, ‘O my God, do not take me in the midst of my days; ♦
                   your years endure throughout all generations.

26               ‘In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, ♦
                   and the heavens are the work of your hands;

27               ‘They shall perish, but you will endure; ♦
                    they all shall wear out like a garment.

28               ‘You change them like clothing, and they shall be changed; ♦
                   but you are the same, and your years will not fail.

29               ‘The children of your servants shall continue, ♦
                   and their descendants shall be established in your sight.’

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now:
                   and shall be for ever. Amen.

Exodus 6.2-13

2God also spoke to Moses and said to him: ‘I am the LORD. 3I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name “The LORD” I did not make myself known to them. 4I also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they resided as aliens. 5I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. 6Say therefore to the Israelites, “I am the LORD, and I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians and deliver you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgement. 7I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians. 8I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.”’ 9Moses told this to the Israelites; but they would not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel slavery.

10Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 11‘Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his land.’ 12But Moses spoke to the LORD, ‘The Israelites have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me, poor speaker that I am?’ 13Thus the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them orders regarding the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, charging them to free the Israelites from the land of Egypt.

Canticle

All               Full of compassion and mercy and love
                    is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

1                 Lord almighty and God of our ancestors, ♦
                   you who made heaven and earth in all their glory:

2                 All things tremble with awe at your presence, ♦
                   before your great and mighty power.

3                 Immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised mercy, ♦
                   for you are God, Most High.

4                 You are full of compassion, long-suffering and very merciful, ♦
                   and you relent at human suffering.

5                 O God, according to your great goodness, ♦
                   you have promised forgiveness for repentance
                        to those who have sinned against you.

6                 The sins I have committed against you ♦
                   are more in number than the sands of the sea.

7                 I am not worthy to look up to the height of heaven, ♦
                   because of the multitude of my iniquities.

8                 And now I bend the knee of my heart before you, ♦
                   imploring your kindness upon me.

9                 I have sinned, O God, I have sinned, ♦
                   and I acknowledge my transgressions.

10               Unworthy as I am, you will save me, ♦
                    according to your great mercy.

11               For all the host of heaven sings your praise, ♦
                    and your glory is for ever and ever.

Manasseh 1a, 2, 4, 6, 7a, b, 9a, c, 11, 12, 14b, 15b

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                   and to the Holy Spirit;
                   as it was in the beginning is now
                  and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               Full of compassion and mercy and love
                   is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

Hebrews 10.26–end

26For if we wilfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27but a fearful prospect of judgement, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28Anyone who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy ‘on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 29How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by those who have spurned the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace? 30For we know the one who said, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34For you had compassion for those who were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting. 35Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. 36For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

 37For yet ‘in a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay; but my righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back.’

But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.

 

                     To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
All                O my God, in you I trust.

                      You are the God of my salvation,
All                To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

                     In you I hope all the day long.
All                O my God, in you I trust.

                    Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
                     for they are from everlasting.
All                To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
                     O my God, in you I trust.

from Psalm 25

Gospel Canticle

All              Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
                  for righteousness,
                  for they shall be satisfied.

1                 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ♦
                   who has come to his people and set them free.

2                 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ♦
                   born of the house of his servant David.

3                 Through his holy prophets God promised of old ♦
                    to save us from our enemies,
                          from the hands of all that hate us,

4                 To show mercy to our ancestors, ♦
                   and to remember his holy covenant.

5                 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: ♦
                    to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6                 Free to worship him without fear, ♦
                   holy and righteous in his sight
                        all the days of our life.

7                 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, ♦
                   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8                 To give his people knowledge of salvation ♦
                    by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9                 In the tender compassion of our God ♦
                   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10               To shine on those who dwell in darkness
                        and the shadow of death, ♦
                    and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68-79

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                     and to the Holy Spirit;
                     as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
                             for righteousness,
                    for they shall be satisfied.

Prayers

                    Lord, in your mercy
                    hear our prayer

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

Merciful Lord,
you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives
and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid
and turn us back to you again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All                Our Father in heaven,
                    hallowed be your name,
                    your kingdom come,
                   your will be done,
                   on earth as in heaven.
                   Give us today our daily bread.
                   Forgive us our sins
                   as we forgive those who sin against us.
                   Lead us not into temptation
                  but deliver us from evil.
                   For the kingdom, the power,
                   and the glory are yours
                   now and for ever.  Amen.

The Conclusion

                    May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
All                Amen.

                    Let us bless the Lord.
All                Thanks be to God.

 

Morning Prayer (Lent)
Saturday 28th March

Preparation

                    O Lord, open our lips
All                and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

                    Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,
All                according to your judgement give us life.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All                Blessed be God for ever.

A Song of Penitence

1                 Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; ♦
                   according to the abundance of your compassion
                       blot out my offences.

2                 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness ♦
                   and cleanse me from my sin.

3                 For I acknowledge my faults ♦
                   and my sin is ever before me.

4                 Against you only have I sinned ♦
                   and done what is evil in your sight,

5                 So that you are justified in your sentence ♦
                   and righteous in your judgement.

6                 Cast me not away from your presence ♦
                   and take not your holy spirit from me.

7                 Give me again the joy of your salvation ♦
                    and sustain me with your gracious spirit;

8                 Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked ♦
                   and sinners shall return to you.

9                 Deliver me from my guilt, O God,
                        the God of my salvation, ♦
                   and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

                                                                                              Psalm 51.1-5, 12-15

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

All                Amen.

The Word of God

Psalm 32

1                 Happy the one whose transgression is forgiven, ♦
                   and whose sin is covered.

2                 Happy the one to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, ♦
                   and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3                 For I held my tongue; ♦
                   my bones wasted away
                        through my groaning all the day long.

4                 Your hand was heavy upon me day and night; ♦
                   my moisture was dried up like the drought in summer. R

5                 Then I acknowledged my sin to you ♦
                   and my iniquity I did not hide.

6                 I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ ♦
                   and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

7                 Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you
                        in time of trouble; ♦
                    in the great water flood, it shall not reach them.

8                 You are a place for me to hide in;
                        you preserve me from trouble; ♦
                    you surround me with songs of deliverance. R

9                 ‘I will instruct you and teach you
                        in the way that you should go; ♦
                    I will guide you with my eye.

10               ‘Be not like horse and mule which have no understanding; ♦
                    whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle,
                        or else they will not stay near you.’

11               Great tribulations remain for the wicked, ♦
                   but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.

12               Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; ♦
                   shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now:
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Exodus 7.8–end

8The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 9‘When Pharaoh says to you, “Perform a wonder”, then you shall say to Aaron, “Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, and it will become a snake.” ’ 10So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did as the Lord had commanded; Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret arts. 12Each one threw down his staff, and they became snakes; but Aaron’s staff swallowed up theirs. 13Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

14Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh’s heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go. 15Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water; stand by at the river bank to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that was turned into a snake. 16Say to him, “The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you to say, ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness.’ But until now you have not listened. 17Thus says the Lord, ‘By this you shall know that I am the Lord.’ See, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall be turned to blood. 18The fish in the river shall die, the river itself shall stink, and the Egyptians shall be unable to drink water from the Nile.” ’ 19The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over its rivers, its canals, and its ponds, and all its pools of water—so that they may become blood; and there shall be blood throughout the whole land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.” ’

20Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and of his officials he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the river, and all the water in the river was turned into blood, 21and the fish in the river died. The river stank so that the Egyptians could not drink its water, and there was blood throughout the whole land of Egypt. 22But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts; so Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. 23Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart. 24And all the Egyptians had to dig along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the river.

Canticle

All                Full of compassion and mercy and love
                    is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

1                 Lord almighty and God of our ancestors, ♦
                   you who made heaven and earth in all their glory:

2                 All things tremble with awe at your presence, ♦
                   before your great and mighty power.

3                 Immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised mercy, ♦
                   for you are God, Most High.

4                 You are full of compassion, long-suffering and very merciful, ♦
                   and you relent at human suffering.

5                 O God, according to your great goodness, ♦
                   you have promised forgiveness for repentance
                        to those who have sinned against you.

6                 The sins I have committed against you ♦
                    are more in number than the sands of the sea.

7                 I am not worthy to look up to the height of heaven, ♦
                   because of the multitude of my iniquities.

8                 And now I bend the knee of my heart before you, ♦
                   imploring your kindness upon me.

9                 I have sinned, O God, I have sinned, ♦
                   and I acknowledge my transgressions.

10               Unworthy as I am, you will save me, ♦
                   according to your great mercy.

11               For all the host of heaven sings your praise, ♦
                  and your glory is for ever and ever.

                                                                              Manasseh 1a, 2, 4, 6, 7a, b, 9a, c, 11, 12, 14b, 15b

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                   as it was in the beginning is now
                   and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               Full of compassion and mercy and love
                    is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

 

Hebrews 11.1–16

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

4By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. 5By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and ‘he was not found, because God had taken him.’ For it was attested before he was taken away that ‘he had pleased God.’ 6And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.

8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’

13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

 

                    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
All                O my God, in you I trust.

                    You are the God of my salvation,
All                To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

                    In you I hope all the day long.
All                O my God, in you I trust.

                    Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
                    for they are from everlasting.
All                To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
                    O my God, in you I trust.

from Psalm 25

Gospel Canticle

All               Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
                        for righteousness,
                    for they shall be satisfied.

1                 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ♦
                   who has come to his people and set them free.

2                 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ♦
                   born of the house of his servant David.

3                 Through his holy prophets God promised of old ♦
                   to save us from our enemies,
                          from the hands of all that hate us,

4                 To show mercy to our ancestors, ♦
                   and to remember his holy covenant.

5                 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: ♦
                    to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6                 Free to worship him without fear, ♦
                   holy and righteous in his sight
                        all the days of our life.

7                 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, ♦
                   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8                 To give his people knowledge of salvation ♦
                   by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9                 In the tender compassion of our God ♦
                   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10               To shine on those who dwell in darkness
                        and the shadow of death, ♦
                   and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

                                                                                             Luke 1.68-79

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
                        for righteousness,
                   for they shall be satisfied.

Prayers

                   Lord, in your mercy
                   hear our prayer

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day or the following is said

Merciful Lord,
you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives
and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid
and turn us back to you again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Conclusion

                     May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
All                Amen.

                     Let us bless the Lord.
All                Thanks be to God.