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Mary said, ‘Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ . . . .Luke 1:38

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

Psalm 89:1-18

1 I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, for ever;
    with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
2 I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever;
    your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

3 You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to my servant David:
4 “I will establish your descendants for ever,
    and build your throne for all generations.”’Selah

5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
    Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
7 a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
    great and awesome above all that are around him?
8 O Lord God of hosts,
    who is as mighty as you, O Lord?
    Your faithfulness surrounds you.
9 You rule the raging of the sea;
    when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
    you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
    the world and all that is in it — you have founded them.
12 The north and the south — you created them;
    Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
    strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
    who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;
16 they exult in your name all day long,
    and extol your righteousness.
17 For you are the glory of their strength;
    by your favour our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel.

The Armour of God

Almighty God,
grant us your wisdom and favour,
give us the grace to cast off the works of darkness
and put on the full armour of God,
now in the time of this mortal life,
Place on us the belt of truth, because you are the way,
    and the truth and the life,
the breastplate of righteousness,
    because we have no righteousness of our own,
    but you became our righteousness on the cross.
Place on us shoes of the Gospel of peace
    that we miss no opportunity to share your love with others.
Put on us the shield of faith,
    that the fiery darts of the enemy do not harm us in any way.
Put on us the helmet of salvation,
    that our minds be protected and renewed daily in You.
Put on us the sword of the Spirit,
    which is the word of God;
    and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    the Love of God
    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all for ever more.
Amen.