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A Short Office of Morning Prayer


The Venite may be said.


Venite O Come

Psalm 95:1-7; 8-11


O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

    let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *

    and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God *

    and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth *

    and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, and he made it, *

    and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *

    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God, *

    and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.


In Lent, and on other penitential occasions, the following verses are added.


Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

    as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.

When your fathers tested me, *

    proved me, and saw my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, *

    “It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways.”

Of whom I swore in my wrath *

    that they should not enter into my rest.



Bible Reading

Read one Psalm or the Gospel Reading, or both


Click here for the Daily Readings

*the morning Psalm is listed before the first semicolon


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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