Opening Prayers

Collect for Purity
Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer 

A prayer of St Benedict
O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth, and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love, that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
Collect inspired by St Augustine of Hippo

Opening Prayer
That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,
let us pray with one heart and mind.
Silence is kept.
As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,
so may your mercy come down upon us
to cleanse our hearts
and set us free to sing your praise
now and for ever.

In Lent
Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
In the darkness of our sin you have shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.
Open our eyes to acknowledge your presence,
that freed from the misery of sin and shame
we may grow into your likeness from glory to glory.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

Venite – a Song of Triumph

O come, let us sing to the Lord; •
let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving •
and be glad in him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God •
and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth •
and the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, •
and his hands have moulded the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down •
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God; •
we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth; •
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know that the Lord is God; •
it is he that has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise; •
give thanks to him and bless his name.
For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting, •
and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.
From Psalm 100
Seek the Lord while he may be found, •
call upon him while he is near;
Let the wicked abandon their ways, •
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
Return to the Lord, who will have mercy; •
to our God, who will richly pardon.
‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, •
neither are your ways my ways,’ says the Lord.
‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, •
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‘As the rain and the snow come down from above, •
and return not again but water the earth,
Bringing forth life and giving growth, •
seed for sowing and bread to eat,
‘So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; •
it will not return to me fruitless,
‘But it will accomplish that which I purpose, •
and succeed in the task I gave it.’Isaiah 55.6-11

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits;
Who forgives all your sins
and heals all your infirmities;
Who redeems your life from the Pit
and crowns you with faithful love and compassion;
Who satisfies you with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
Bless the Lord, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion;
bless the Lord, O my soul.

Psalm 103

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