A Short Office of Daily Prayer

The Venite may be said. During Eastertide, the Pascha Nostrum may be used.

Bible Reading

Read the Psalm(s) or the New Testament Lesson, or both

The Psalm Appointed

At the end of the Psalm(s) is said


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

     as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
     world without end. Amen.


Then pray the Benedictus and the Lord's Prayer.


Benedictus The Song of Zechariah

Luke 1:68-79


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *

   he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *

   born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, *

   from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *

   and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *

   to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *

   holy and righteous in his sight

   all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *

   by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *

   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *

   and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

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, and the power,

     and the glory forever and ever. Amen. 






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