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    at Morning and Evening Prayer
       
       
    Morning Prayer  
       
    A Song of the Wilderness (Advent)  
     
1
  The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice,  
    the desert shall blossom and burst into song.
     
2
  They shall see the glory of the Lord,  
    the majesty of our God.
     
3
  Strengthen the weary hands,  
    and make firm the feeble knees.
     
4
  Say to the anxious, 'Be strong, fear not,
         your God is coming with judgement,  
    coming with judgement to save you.'
     
5
  Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened,  
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
     
6
  Then shall the lame leap like a hart,  
    and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.
     
7
  For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,  
    and streams in the desert;
     
8
  The ransomed of the Lord shall return with singing,  
    with everlasting joy upon their heads.
     
9
  Joy and gladness shall be theirs,  
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.    
   
Isaiah 35.1,2b-4a,4c-6,10
    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.
       
    A Song of the Messiah (Christmas)  
     
1
  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;  
    those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
         upon them the light has dawned.
     
2
  You have increased their joy and given them great gladness;  
    they rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest.
     
3
  For you have shattered the yoke that burdened them;  
    the collar that lay heavy on their shoulders.
     
4
  For to us a child is born and to us a son is given,  
    and the government will be upon his shoulder.
     
5
  And his name will be called: Wonderful Counsellor;
         the Mighty God;  
    the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace.
     
6
  Of the increase of his government and of peace  
    there will be no end,
     
7
  Upon the throne of David and over his kingdom,  
    to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness.
     
8
  From this time forth and for evermore;  
    the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.     
   
Isaiah 9.2,3b,4a,6,7
    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.
       
    A Song of the New Jerusalem (Epiphany)  
     
1
  Arise, shine out, for your light has come,  
    the glory of the Lord is rising upon you.
     
2
  Though night still covers the earth,  
    and darkness the peoples;
     
3
  Above you the Holy One arises,  
    and above you God's glory appears.
     
4
  The nations will come to your light,  
    and kings to your dawning brightness.
     
5
  Your gates will lie open continually,  
    shut neither by day nor by night.
     
6
  The sound of violence shall be heard no longer in your land,  
    or ruin and devastation within your borders.
     
7
  You will call your walls, Salvation,  
    and your gates, Praise.
     
8
  No more will the sun give you daylight,  
    nor moonlight shine upon you;
     
9
  But the Lord will be your everlasting light,  
    your God will be your splendour.
     
10
  For you shall be called the city of God,  
    the dwelling of the Holy One of Israel.         
   
Isaiah 60.1-3,11a,18,19,14b
    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.
       
    A Song of Humility (Lent)  
     
1
  Come, let us return to the Lord  
    who has torn us and will heal us.
     
2
  God has stricken us  
    and will bind up our wounds.
     
3
  After two days, he will revive us,  
    and on the third day will raise us up,
         that we may live in his presence.
     
4
  Let us strive to know the Lord;  
    his appearing is as sure as the sunrise.
     
5
  He will come to us like the showers,  
    like the spring rains that water the earth.
     
6
  'O Ephraim, how shall I deal with you?  
    How shall I deal with you, O Judah?
     
7
  'Your love for me is like the morning mist,  
    like the dew that goes early away.
     
8
  'Therefore, I have hewn them by the prophets,  
    and my judgement goes forth as the light.
     
9
  'For loyalty is my desire and not sacrifice,  
    and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.'          
   
Hosea 6.1-6
    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.
       
    The Song of Moses and Miriam (Easter)  
     
1
  I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously,  
    the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
     
2
  The Lord is my strength and my song  
    and has become my salvation.
     
3
  This is my God whom I will praise,  
    the God of my forebears whom I will exalt.
     
4
  The Lord is a warrior,  
    the Lord is his name.
     
5
  Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power:  
    your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
     
6
  At the blast of your nostrils, the sea covered them;  
    they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
     
7
  In your unfailing love, O Lord,  
    you lead the people whom you have redeemed.
     
8
  And by your invincible strength  
    you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
     
9
  You will bring them in and plant them, O Lord,  
    in the sanctuary which your hands have established.             
   
Exodus 15.1b-3,6,10,13,17
    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.
       
    A Song of Ezekiel (Pentecost)  
     
1
  I will take you from the nations,  
    and gather you from all the countries.
     
2
  I will sprinkle clean water upon you,  
    and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses.
     
3
  A new heart I will give you,  
    and put a new spirit within you,
     
4
  And I will remove from your body the heart of stone  
    and give you a heart of flesh.
     
5
  You shall be my people,  
    and I will be your God.    
   
Ezekiel 36.24-26,28b
    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.
       
    A Song of David (Ordinary Time)  
     
1
  Blessed are you, God of Israel, for ever and ever,  
    for yours is the greatness, the power,
         the glory, the splendour and the majesty.
     
2
  Everything in heaven and on earth is yours;  
    yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
         and you are exalted as head over all.
     
3
  Riches and honour come from you  
    and you rule over all.
     
4
  In your hand are power and might;  
    yours it is to give power and strength to all.
     
5
  And now we give you thanks, our God,  
    and praise your glorious name.
     
6
  For all things come from you,  
    and of your own have we given you.            
   
1 Chronicles 29.10b-13,14b
    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.
       
    Evening Prayer  
       
    A Song of the Spirit (Advent)  
     
1
  'Behold, I am coming soon', says the Lord,
         'and bringing my reward with me,  
    to give to everyone according to their deeds.
     
2
  'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,  
    the beginning and the end.'
     
3
  Blessed are those who do God's commandments,
         that they may have the right to the tree of life,  
    and may enter into the city through the gates.
     
4
  'I, Jesus, have sent my angel to you,  
    with this testimony for all the churches.
     
5
  'I am the root and the offspring of David,  
    I am the bright morning star.'
     
6
  'Come!' say the Spirit and the Bride;  
    'Come!' let each hearer reply!
     
7
  Come forward, you who are thirsty,  
    let those who desire take the water of life as a gift.
   
Revelation 22.12-14,16,17
    Surely I am coming soon!  
    Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
       
    A Song of Redemption (Christmas)  
     
1
  The Father has delivered us from the dominion of darkness,  
    and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son;
     
2
  In whom we have redemption,  
    the forgiveness of our sins.
     
3
  He is the image of the invisible God,  
    the firstborn of all creation.
     
4
  For in him all things were created,  
    in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
     
5
  All things were created through him and for him,  
    he is before all things and in him all things hold together.
     
6
  He is the head of the body, the Church,  
    he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.
     
7
  In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell;  
    and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things.
   
Colossians 1.13-18a,19,20a
    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.
       
    A Song of Praise (Epiphany)  
     
    This canticle is also known as Glory and Honour
     
1
  You are worthy, our Lord and God,  
    to receive glory and honour and power.
     
2
  For you have created all things,  
    and by your will they have their being.
     
3
  You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain,  
    and by your blood you ransomed for God
         saints from every tribe and language and nation.
     
4
  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests
         serving our God,  
    and they will reign with you on earth.           
   
Revelation 4.11; 5.9b,10
    To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb  
    be blessing and honour, glory and might,
         for ever and ever.  Amen.         
       
    A Song of Christ the Servant (Lent)  
     
1
  Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,  
    that you should follow in his steps.
     
2
  He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,  
    when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.
     
3
  When he suffered, he did not threaten,  
    but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.
     
4
  Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,  
    that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
     
5
  By his wounds, you have been healed,
         for you were straying like sheep,  
    but have now returned
         to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.      
   
1 Peter 2.21b-25
    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.
       
    A Song of Faith (Easter)  
     
1
  Blessed be the God and Father  
    of our Lord Jesus Christ!
     
2
  By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope  
    through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
     
3
  Into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading,  
    kept in heaven for you,
     
4
  Who are being protected by the power of God
         through faith for a salvation,  
    ready to be revealed in the last time.
     
5
  You were ransomed from the futile ways of your ancestors  
    not with perishable things like silver or gold
     
6
  But with the precious blood of Christ  
    like that of a lamb without spot or stain.
     
7
  Through him we have confidence in God,
         who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,  
    so that your faith and hope are set on God.               
   
1 Peter 1.3-5,18,19,21
    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.
       
    A Song of God's Children (Pentecost)  
     
1
  The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus  
    has set us free from the law of sin and death.
     
2
  All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God;  
    for we have received the Spirit that enables us to cry, 'Abba, Father'.
     
3
  The Spirit himself bears witness that we are children of God  
    and if God's children, then heirs of God;
     
4
  If heirs of God, then fellow-heirs with Christ;  
    since we suffer with him now, that we may be glorified with him.
     
5
  These sufferings that we now endure  
    are not worth comparing to the glory that shall be revealed.
     
6
  For the creation waits with eager longing  
    for the revealing of the children of God.      
   
Romans 8.2,14,15b-19
    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.
       
    A Song of the Lamb (Ordinary Time)  
     
1
  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,  
    whose judgements are true and just.
     
2
  Praise our God, all you his servants,  
    all who fear him, both small and great.
     
3
  The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns:  
    let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory.
     
4
  For the marriage of the Lamb has come  
    and his bride has made herself ready.
     
5
  Blessed are those who are invited  
    to the wedding banquet of the Lamb.
   
Revelation 19.1b,5b,6b,7,9b
    To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb  
    be blessing and honour and glory and might,
         for ever and ever.  Amen.
     
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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