1    The Father has delivered us from the dominion of darkness,  

and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son;

2    In whom we have redemption,  

the forgiveness of our sins.

3    He is the image of the invisible God,  

the firstborn of all creation.

4    For in him all things were created,  

in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.

5    All things were created through him and for him,  

he is before all things and in him all things hold together.

6    He is the head of the body, the Church,  

he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.

7    In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell;  

and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things.

Colossians 1.13–18a, 19, 20a

Glory 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.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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