A Short Office of Daily Prayer

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

Phos hilaron (O Gladsome Light)

O gladsome light,

pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven, *

     O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,

and our eyes behold the vesper light, *

     we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, *

     O Son of God, O Giver of Life,

     and to be glorified through all the worlds.

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.

 The NEW TESTAMENT Lesson

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.

Then pray the Magnificat and the Lord's Prayer.

Magnificat, The Song of Mary

Luke 1:46-55

 

My soul magnifies the Lord, *

     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

For he has regarded *

     the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from now on, *

     all generations will call me blessed.

For he that is mighty has magnified me, *

     and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on those who fear him, *

     throughout all generations.

He has shown the strength of his arm; *

     he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, *

     and has exalted the humble and meek.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *

     and the rich he has sent empty away.

He, remembering his mercy, has helped his servant Israel, *

     as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and his seed forever.

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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