Evening Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Easter (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 148


The One Hundred Forty Eighth Psalm

Laudate Dominum.


O PRAISE the LORD from the heavens: * praise him in the heights.
 
Praise him, all ye angels of his: * praise him, all his host.
 
Praise him, sun and moon: * praise him, all ye stars and light.
 
Praise him, all ye heavens, * and ye waters that are above the heavens.
 
Let them praise the Name of the LORD: * for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
 
He hath made them fast for ever and ever: * he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.
 
Praise the LORD from the earth, * ye dragons and all deeps;
 
Fire and hail, snow and vapours, * wind and storm, fulfilling his word;
 
Mountains and all hills; * fruitful trees and all cedars;
 
Beasts and all cattle; * creeping things and flying fowls;
 
Kings of the earth, and all peoples; * princes, and all judges of the world;
 
Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the LORD: * for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
 
He shall exalt the horn of his people: all his saints shall praise him; * even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 26:12-16, 19


Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth. Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 20:19-23

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.



 

The Collect

Easter Sunday

ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.



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