How to Chant the Venite


The Venite is a canticle used in Morning Prayer, based largely upon the text of Psalm 95. It is featured in certain editions of the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet.

Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle.


As you can see in the pagescan from the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal below, I’m chanting #609, the setting written by R. Goodson.

Venite page scan from the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal.

Here’s the “Chantable” Text of the Venite:

O come, let us sing | unto • the LORD;
let us heartily rejoice in the strength of | our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with | thanksgiving;
and show ourselves | glad in him with psalms.

For the LORD is a | great God;
and a great | King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners | of the earth;
and the strength of the hills is | his also.

The sea is | his and • he made it;
and his hands pre|pared • the dry land.

O come, let us worship and | fall down,
and kneel before the | LORD our Maker.

For he is the | Lord our God;
and we are the people of his pasture, and the | sheep of his hand.

O worship the LORD in the | beauty • of holiness;
let the whole earth | stand in awe of him.

For he cometh, for he cometh to | judge the earth;
and with righteousness to judge the world, and the | peoples with his truth.

Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son,
and | to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and | ever shall be,
world without | end. Amen.

If you don’t like listening to my voice, I understand! Try listening to this recording, provided by the Cradle of Prayer, until you get the hang of chanting the Venite for yourself!



Joshua Steele

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