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Venite, exultemus Domino

February 13, 2015

MORNING PRAYER being the dead letter that it is in so much of the church, many will be unfamiliar with Psalm 95, the Venite, which is to be said at Morning Prayer every day before the psalms appointed (except the 19th day of each month, when it is said in the regular course of the psalms). It was said daily as the invitatory psalm in the pre-Reformation office of matins, in which capacity Cranmer incorporated it into the first Prayer Book, where it has remained ever since.

It is sung here — to the setting from John Sheppard’s First Service — by the Academia Musica Choir.

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 shew 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 corners of the earth : and the strength of the hills is 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 the Lord our God : and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To day if ye 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 tempted 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.
Unto whom I sware in my wrath : that they should not enter into my rest.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

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  1. Jay Mullinix permalink
    February 14, 2015 17:13

    Thanks you for this. It is a sad thing that Morning Prayer is – as you observe – a dead letter to so many in our Church. It was the Daily Offices that were my first introduction to Anglicanism and that led the way into my discovery of all its beauty. Too many Episcopalians are ignorant of the great and matchless treasure resident in their own ecclesial house in their neglect of Morning and Evening Prayer.

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