Monday 3 May

Eternal God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.  Amen.

1 Peter 1.1–12
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood:
May grace and peace be yours in abundance.
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated, when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!

Psalm 145
    I will exalt you, O God my King,
   and bless your name for ever and ever.
    Every day will I bless you
   and praise your name for ever and ever.
    Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
   his greatness is beyond all searching out.
    One generation shall praise your works to another
   and declare your mighty acts.
    They shall speak of the majesty of your glory,
   and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
    They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts,
   and I will also tell of your greatness.
    They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness
   and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
    The Lord is gracious and merciful,
   long-suffering and of great goodness.
    The Lord is loving to everyone
   and his mercy is over all his creatures.
      All your works praise you, O Lord,
   and your faithful servants bless you.
      They tell of the glory of your kingdom
   and speak of your mighty power,
      To make known to all peoples your mighty acts
   and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
      Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
   your dominion endures throughout all ages.
      The Lord is sure in all his words
   and faithful in all his deeds.
      The Lord upholds all those who fall
   and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
      The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
   and you give them their food in due season.
      You open wide your hand
   and fill all things living with plenty.
      The Lord is righteous in all his ways
   and loving in all his works.
      The Lord is near to those who call upon him,
   to all who call upon him faithfully.
      He fulfils the desire of those who fear him;
   he hears their cry and saves them.
      The Lord watches over those who love him,
   but all the wicked shall he destroy.
      My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
   and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.