Wednesday 3 February

Collect
God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
   in the face of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

John 17.20-26
‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
 ‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’

Psalm 119.1–32
    Blessed are those whose way is pure,
   who walk in the law of the Lord.
    Blessed are those who keep his testimonies
   and seek him with their whole heart,
    Those who do no wickedness,
   but walk in his ways.
    You, O Lord, have charged
   that we should diligently keep your commandments.
    O that my ways were made so direct
   that I might keep your statutes.
    Then should I not be put to shame,
   because I have regard for all your commandments.
    I will thank you with an unfeigned heart,
   when I have learned your righteous judgements.
    I will keep your statutes;
   O forsake me not utterly.
    How shall young people cleanse their way
   to keep themselves according to your word?
      With my whole heart have I sought you;
   O let me not go astray from your commandments.
      Your words have I hidden within my heart,
   that I should not sin against you.
      Blessed are you, O Lord;
   O teach me your statutes.
      With my lips have I been telling
   of all the judgements of your mouth.
      I have taken greater delight in the way of your testimonies
   than in all manner of riches.
      I will meditate on your commandments
   and contemplate your ways.
      My delight shall be in your statutes
   and I will not forget your word.
      O do good to your servant that I may live,
   and so shall I keep your word.
      Open my eyes, that I may see
   the wonders of your law.
      I am a stranger upon earth;
   hide not your commandments from me.
      My soul is consumed at all times
   with fervent longing for your judgements.
      You have rebuked the arrogant;
   cursed are those who stray from your commandments.
      Turn from me shame and rebuke,
   for I have kept your testimonies.
      Rulers also sit and speak against me,
   but your servant meditates on your statutes.
      For your testimonies are my delight;
   they are my faithful counsellors.
      My soul cleaves to the dust;
   O give me life according to your word.
      I have acknowledged my ways and you have answered me;
   O teach me your statutes.
      Make me understand the way of your commandments,
   and so shall I meditate on your wondrous works.
      My soul melts away in tears of sorrow;
   raise me up according to your word.
      Take from me the way of falsehood;
   be gracious to me through your law.
      I have chosen the way of truth
   and your judgements have I laid before me.
      I hold fast to your testimonies;
   O Lord, let me not be put to shame.
      I will run the way of your commandments,
   when you have set my heart at liberty.