Evening Prayer Readings
Easter Even

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 27


The Twenty-Seventh Psalm

Dominus illuminatio.


THE LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? * the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
 
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, * they stumbled and fell.
 
Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; * and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
 
One thing have I desired of the LORD, which I will require; * even that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the LORD, and to visit his temple.
 
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle; * yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.
 
And now shall he lift up mine head * above mine enemies round about me.
 
Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation, with great gladness: * I will sing and speak praises unto the LORD.
 
Hearken unto my voice, O LORD, when I cry unto thee; * have mercy upon me, and hear me.
 
My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: * Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
 
O hide not thou thy face from me, * nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
 
Thou hast been my succour; * leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
 
When my father and my mother forsake me, * the LORD taketh me up.
 
Teach me thy way, O LORD, * and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.
 
Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries: * for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.
 
I should utterly have fainted, * but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 
O tarry thou the LORD'S leisure; * be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the LORD.



 

The First Lesson


Job 19:21-27a


Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me. Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh? Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.



 

The Second Lesson

Romans 6:3-11

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.



 

The Collect

Easter Even

GRANT, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections we may be buried with him; and that through the grave, and gate of death, we may pass to our joyful resurrection; for his merits, who died, and was buried, and rose again for us, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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