Evening Prayer Readings
Tuesday before Easter

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 51


The Fifty-First Psalm

Miserere mei, Deus.


HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; * according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
 
Wash me throughly from my wickedness, * and cleanse me from my sin.
 
For I acknowledge my faults, * and my sin is ever before me.
 
Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; * that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou shalt judge.
 
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, * and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
 
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts, * and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
 
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; * thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
 
Turn thy face from my sins, * and put out all my misdeeds.
 
Make me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
 
Cast me not away from thy presence, * and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
 
O give me the comfort of thy help again, * and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
 
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, * and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
 
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health; * and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
 
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall show thy praise.
 
For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; * but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
 
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: * a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
 
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion; * build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
 
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations; * then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.



 

The First Lesson


Lamentations 2:10, 13-19


The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground. What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee? Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment. All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it. The Lord hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries. Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease. Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 15:17

These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.



 

The Collect

Tuesday Before Easter

O LORD God, whose blessed Son, our Saviour, gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame; Grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Palm Sunday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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