Morning Prayer in Eastertide

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

In your resurrection, O Christ,
let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt
and led them to freedom in the promised land,
so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May we, the first fruits of your new creation,
rejoice in this new day you have made,
and praise you for your mighty acts.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

The Opening Canticle

Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us:
so let us celebrate the feast,

not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness:
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5.7b, 8

Christ once raised from the dead dies no more:
death has no more dominion over him.

In dying he died to sin once for all:
in living he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin:
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6.9–11

Christ has been raised from the dead:
the first fruits of those who sleep.

For as by man came death:
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;

for as in Adam all die:
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15.20–22

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And shall be for ever. Amen.

Opening Prayer

The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
Let us pray with one heart and one mind:

 (Silence may be kept) 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
So may the light of your presence, O God,
Set our hearts on fire with love for you;
Now and forever. Amen

The Word of God
The Psalm

The psalm for each day can be found here
Each psalm, or group of psalms, ends with:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning is now
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And shall be for ever. Amen.

Old and New Testament Readings

The reading for each day can be found here

A Responsory

Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your sting?

Christ is risen from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Death is swallowed up in victory.

The trumpet will sound
and the dead shall be raised.
Where, O death, is your sting?

We shall not all sleep,
but we shall be changed.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your sting?

from 1 Corinthians 15

The Gospel canticle: The Benedictus

Luke 1.68-79

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
For he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
Born of the house of his servant, David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
That he will save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,

He promised to show mercy to our forebears
And to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham;
To set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear,
Holy and righteous in his sight, all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the most high,
For you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of his salvation,
By the forgiveness of all their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God,
The dawn from on high shall break upon us.

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now
And ever shall be
World without end. Amen.

The Lord is risen from the tomb
who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.

The Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgiving may be offered here during a period of silence. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.


  • Prayer for yourself, to know God’s abiding presence
  • Prayer for others in their loneliness and uncertainty
  • Prayer for all who are ill or anxious
  • Prayer for the medical staff and emergency services
  • Pray for our country, for its government and all who work to keep us safe
  • Pray for the world
  • Prayer for the Worldwide Church, for Bishop David, for the diocese of Lincoln, and for the ministry here at the Cathedral.
The Collect of the day

You can find the collect of the day here

The Collect for Eastertide

God of life,
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
have delivered us from the power of our enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.

The Conclusion

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.