Saturday 1 May

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Proverbs 4.10–18
     Hear, my child, and accept my words,
   that the years of your life may be many.
     I have taught you the way of wisdom;
   I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
     When you walk, your step will not be hampered;
   and if you run, you will not stumble.
     Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
   guard her, for she is your life.
     Do not enter the path of the wicked,
   and do not walk in the way of evildoers.
     Avoid it; do not go on it;
   turn away from it and pass on.
     For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
   they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
     For they eat the bread of wickedness
   and drink the wine of violence.
     But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
   which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Psalm 146
      Praise the Lord, O my soul:
      while I live will I praise the Lord;
   as long as I have any being,
      I will sing praises to my God.
    Put not your trust in princes,
      nor in any human power,
   for there is no help in them.
    When their breath goes forth, they return to the earth;
   on that day all their thoughts perish.
    Happy are those who have the God of Jacob for their help,
   whose hope is in the Lord their God;
    Who made heaven and earth,
      the sea and all that is in them;
   who keeps his promise for ever;
    Who gives justice to those that suffer wrong
   and bread to those who hunger.
    The Lord looses those that are bound;
   the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
    The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
   the Lord loves the righteous;
    The Lord watches over the stranger in the land;
      he upholds the orphan and widow;
   but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.
      The Lord shall reign for ever,
   your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.