The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind:
As we rejoice in the gift of this day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
New Testament Reading - The Conversion of Saul
1But Saul, threatening with every breath and eager to destroy every Christian, went to the High Priest in Jerusalem. 2He requested a letter addressed to synagogues in Damascus, requiring their cooperation in the persecution of any believers he found there, both men and women, so that he could bring them in chains to Jerusalem.
3As he was nearing Damascus on this mission, suddenly a brilliant light from heaven spotted down upon him! 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
5“Who is speaking, sir?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6Now get up and go into the city and await my further instructions.”
7The men with Paul stood speechless with surprise, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8-9As Saul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind. He had to be led into Damascus and was there three days, blind, going without food and water all that time.. . . . . Acts 9:1-9
Almighty and merciful God,
we have sinned against you,
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with all our heart.
We have not loved others
as our Saviour Christ loves us.
We are truly sorry.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.