Morning Prayer 16th April 2017

Easter Day

THE PREPARATION

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Alleluia. Christ is risen indeed.
O come, let us worship. Alleluia.

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 WORD OF GOD

Psalm 148

  1. Praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
  2. Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his host!
  3. Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars!
  4. Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!
  5. Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for he commanded and they were created.
  6. He established them for ever and ever;
    he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
  7. Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you sea monsters and all deeps,
  8. fire and hail, snow and frost,
    stormy wind fulfilling his command!
  9. Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
  10. Wild animals and all cattle,
    creeping things and flying birds!
  11. Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
  12. Young men and women alike,
    old and young together!
  13. Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his glory is above earth and heaven.
  14. He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his faithful,
    for the people of Israel who are close to him.
    Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149

  1. Praise the Lord!
    Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
  2. Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
  3. Let them praise his name with dancing,
    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
  4. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
    he adorns the humble with victory.
  5. Let the faithful exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy on their couches.
  6. Let the high praises of God be in their throats
    and two-edged swords in their hands,
  7. to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
  8. to bind their kings with fetters
    and their nobles with chains of iron,
  9. to execute on them the judgement decreed.
    This is glory for all his faithful ones.
    Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

  1. Praise the Lord!
    Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty firmament!
  2. Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
  3. Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
  4. Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
  5. Praise him with clanging cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
  6. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord!

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 Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbour in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. (Exodus 12.1-14)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.  (St John 1.1-18)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: BENEDICTUS – THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH

Alleluia. Christ is risen from the dead;
by his death he has trampled down death
and through the grave
all life has been set free. Alleluia.

  1. Blessèd be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.
  2. He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David,
  3. as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
  4. that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
  5. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,and has remembered his holy covenant,
  6. the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,to grant us
  7. that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,might serve him without fear,
  8. in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
  9. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
  10. to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
  11. By the tender mercy of our God,the dawn from on high will break upon us,
  12. to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ (St Luke 1.68-79)

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.

Alleluia. Christ is risen from the dead;
by his death he has trampled down death
and through the grave
all life has been set free. Alleluia.

THE PRAYERS

THE KYRIES

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE COLLECT

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.
Amen.

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