Come, let us sing to the Lord;*
 let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving*
 and raise a loud shout to 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 hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,*
 and his hands have moulded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down and bend the knee,*
 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.*
 O that today you would hearken to his voice!
   Psalm 95:1-7 (Venite)
Come, let us sing with joy unto the Lord;
let us be glad and heartily rejoice.
Into God's presence come with hymns of praise;
with thankful hearts new psalms and anthems raise,
till all earth's tongues be joined in one great voice.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
sovereign above all powers of heaven and earth.
Caverns and heights lie both with God's hand,
who made the sea and molded the dry land,
and from whose life all creatures have their birth.

Come, let us kneel before the Lord our God;
to our Creator let all hearts draw near.
This is our God, whose folk and sheep are we,
whose steadfast love endures eternally.
Oh, that today you would God's calling hear!
   Carl P. Daw, Jr.
   Sung to Old 124th


Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your loving-kindness;*
 in your great compassion blot out my offences.
Wash me through and through from my wickedness*
 and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,*
 and my sin is ever before me.
Against you only have I sinned*
 and done what is evil in your sight.
And so you are justified when you speak*
 and upright in your judgement.
Cast me not away from your presence*
 and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again*
 and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
I shall teach your ways to the wicked,*
 and sinners shall return to you.
Deliver me from death, O God,*
 and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
   O God of my salvation.
   Psalm 51:1-5,12-15


Full of compassion and mercy and love
is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

Lord almighty and God of our forebears,
you who made heaven and earth in all their glory:

All things tremble with awe at your presence,
before your great and mighty power.

Immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised mercy,
for you are God, Most High.

You are full of compassion, long-suffering and very merciful,
and you relent at human suffering.

O God, according to your great goodness,
you have promised forgiveness for repentance
to those who have sinned against you.

The sins I have committed against you
are more in number than the sands of the sea.

I am not worthy to look up to the height of heaven,
because of the multitude of my iniquities.

And now I bend the knee of my heart before you,
imploring your kindness upon me.

I have sinned, O God, I have sinned,
and I acknowledge my transgressions.

Unworthy as I am, you will save me,
according to your great mercy.

For all the host of heaven sings your praise,
and your glory is for ever and ever.
    Manasseh 1a,2,4,6,7a,9a,9c,11,12,14b,15b
Sovereign Maker of all things,
God of covenant and grace,
every creature knows your power,
quakes with fear before your face.
But your mercy far exceeds
what our minds can comprehend;
deep compassion stays your hand,
chastening not, though we offend.

You have promised to forgive
contrite sinners who repent;
so I come with humbled heart,
by your word made confident.
I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned:
well I know my wickedness.
Yet I make this prayer to you:
Lord, forgive, me, heal, and bless.

Let me not be lost in sin,
banished to eternal night;
God who hears the penitent,
let your goodness show your might.
Though I be unworthy, Lord,
your great mercy will I claim,
till I join the hosts above
who forever praise your Name
   Carl P. Daw, Jr.
   Sung to Aberystwyth
   or: St. George's Windsor


Lord Jesus, think on me,
and purge away my sin;
from harmful passions set me free,
and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
with care and woe oppressed;
let me thy loving servant be,
and taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
nor let me go astray;
through darkness and perplexity
point thou the heavenly way.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
that, when the flood is passed,
I may the eternal brightness see,
and share thy joy at last.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
that I may sing above
to Father, Holy Ghost and thee
the songs of praise and love.
   Synesius of Cyrene, fifth century;
   trans. Allen William Chatfield, 1875

   Sung to St. Paul's or St. Bride or Southwell
Restore in us, O God,
the splendor of your love;
renew your image in our hearts,
and all our sins remove.

O Spirit, wake in us
the wonder of your power;
from fruitless fear unfurl our lives
like springtime bud and flower.

Bring us, O Christ, to share
the fullness of your joy;
baptize us in the risen life
that death cannot destroy.

Three-personed God, fulfill
the promise of your grace,
that we, when our searching ends,
may see you face to face.
   Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1987
   Sung to Southwell (Damon)


Lord, hear my prayer,
   and in your faithfulness heed my supplications;*
 answer me in your righteousness.
Enter not into judgement with your servant,*
 for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
My spirit faints within me;*
 my heart within me is desolate.
I spread out my hands to you;*
 my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;*
 do not hide your face from me
   or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
   for I put my trust in you;*
 show me the road that I must walk,
   for I lift up my soul to you..
Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;*
 let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake;*
 for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
   Psalm 143:1,2,4,6-8,10-11


Phos hilaron

O gracious Light,
pure brightness
of the everliving 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.
    The Book of Common Prayer (1979)
O gladdening light,
of the holy glory of the immortal Father
heavenly, holy, blessed,
O Jesus Christ.

Now that we have come to the setting of the sun,
and see the evening light
we give praise to God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Worthy are you at all times
to be worshipped with holy voices,
O Son of God and giver of life:
therefore all the world glorifies you.
    Common Worship: Daily Prayer, 2002

O gladsome Light, O grace
of God the Father's face,
the eternal splendor wearing;
celestial, holy, blest,
our Savior Jesus Christ,
joyful in thine appearing.

Now, ere day falleth quite,
we see the evening light,
our wonted hymn outpouring;
Father of might unknown,
thee, his incarnate Son,
and Holy Spirit adoring.

To thee of right belongs
all praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, Life-giver;
thee, therefore, O Most High,
the world doth glorify,
and shall exalt for ever.
    Robert Bridges, 1899
    Sung to Le Cantique de Siméon.
O brightness of the immortal Father's face,
most holy, heavenly, blest,
Lord Jesus Christ, in whom his truth and grace
are visibly expressed:

The sun is sinking now, and one by one
the lamps of evening shine;
we hymn the eternal Father, and the Son,
and Holy Ghost divine.

Worthy art thou at all times to receive
our hallowed praises, Lord.
O Son of God, be thou, in whom we live,
through all the world adored.
    Edward W. Eddis,, 1864
    Sung to St. Nicholas.

            See also #25 and #26 in The Hymnal 1982 for "O gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ"

The psalms are from Celebrating Common Prayer
(Mowbray), (c) The Society of Saint Francis
1992, which is used with permission.

The second Phos hilaron translation is from
Common Worship: Daily Prayer, Preliminary
, copyright © The Archbishops' Council, 2002.

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