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  Prefaces for the Sundays
before Lent and after Trinity
    Short Prefaces  
    And now we give you thanks
    because you are the source of light and life;
    you made us in your image
    and called us to new life in him.
    And now we give you thanks
    because on the first day of the week
    he overcame death and the grave
    and opened to us the way of everlasting life.
    And now we give you thanks
    because by the water and the Holy Spirit
    you have made us in him a new people to show forth your glory.
    Extended Preface  
    It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
    always and everywhere to give you thanks,
    holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
    From sunrise to sunset this day is holy,
    for Christ has risen from the tomb
    and scattered the darkness of death
    with light that will not fade.
    This day the risen Lord walks with your gathered people,
    unfolds for us your word,
    and makes himself known in the breaking of the bread.
    And though the night will overtake this day
    you summon us to live in endless light,
    the never-ceasing sabbath of the Lord.
    And so, with choirs of angels
    and with all the heavenly host,
    we proclaim your glory
    and join their unending song of praise:
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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