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The Psalter (First Set of Propers)


Psalm 68:1-20


The Sixty-Eighth Psalm

Exsurgat Deus.


LET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; * let them also that hate him flee before him.
 
Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away; * and like as wax melteth at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
 
But let the righteous be glad, and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful.
 
O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him that rideth upon the heavens; * praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.
 
He is a Father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows; * even God in his holy habitation.
 
He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; * but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.
 
O God, when thou wentest forth before the people; * when thou wentest through the wilderness,
 
The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God; * even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
 
Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, * and refreshedst it when it was weary.
 
Thy congregation shall dwell therein; * for thou, O God, hast of thy goodness prepared for the poor.
 
The Lord gave the word; * great was the company of women that bare the tidings.
 
Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited, * and they of the household divided the spoil.
 
Though ye have lain among the sheep-folds, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove * that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.
 
When the Almighty scattered kings for their sake, * then were they as white as snow in Salmon.
 
As the hill of Bashan, so is God's hill; * even an high hill, as the hill of Bashan.
 
Why mock ye so, ye high hills? this is God's hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell; * yea, the LORD will abide in it for ever.
 
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels; * and the Lord is among them as in the holy place of Sinai.
 
Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts from men; * yea, even from thine enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
 
Praised be the Lord daily, * even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.
 

 
vs 20 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation: * GOD is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
 

 
vs 21 God shall wound the head of his enemies, * and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness.
 
The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Bashan; * mine own will I bring again, as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.
 
That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, * and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the same.
 
It is well seen, O God, how thou goest; * how thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary.
 
The singers go before, the minstrels follow after, * in the midst of the damsels playing with the timbrels.
 
Give thanks unto God the Lord in the congregation, * ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
 
There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their council; * the princes of Zebulon, and the princes of Naphthali.
 
Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee; * stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us,
 
For thy temple's sake at Jerusalem; * so shall kings bring presents unto thee.
 
Rebuke thou the dragon and the bull, with the leaders of the heathen, so that they humbly bring pieces of silver; * scatter thou the peoples that delight in war;
 
Then shall the princes come out of Egypt; * the Morians' land shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
 
Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth; * O sing praises unto the Lord;
 
Who sitteth in the heavens over all, from the beginning: * lo, he doth send out his voice; yea, and that a mighty voice.
 
Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel; * his worship and strength is in the clouds.
 
O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places: * even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.



 

The Psalter (Second Set of Propers)


Psalm 115


The One Hundred Fifteenth Psalm

Non nobis, Domine.


NOT unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise; * for thy loving mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
 
Wherefore shall the heathen say, * Where is now their God?
 
As for our God, he is in heaven: * he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
 
Their idols are silver and gold, * even the work of men's hands.
 
They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, and see not.
 
They have ears, and hear not; * noses have they, and smell not.
 
They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not; * neither speak they through their throat.
 
They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all such as put their trust in them.
 
But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
 
Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
 
Ye that fear the LORD, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
 
The LORD hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us; * even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron.
 
He shall bless them that fear the LORD, * both small and great.
 
The LORD shall increase you more and more, * you and your children.
 
Ye are the blessed of the LORD, * who made heaven and earth.
 
All the whole heavens are the LORD'S; * the earth hath he given to the children of men.
 
The dead praise not thee, O LORD, * neither all they that go down into silence.
 
But we will praise the LORD, * from this time forth for evermore. Praise the LORD.



 

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The First Lesson (First Set of Propers)


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. 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 First Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


Wisdom 5:1-6, 14-16


Then shall the righteous man stand in great boldness before the face of such as have afflicted him, and made no account of his labours. When they see it, they shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the strangeness of his salvation, so far beyond all that they looked for. And they repenting and groaning for anguish of spirit shall say within themselves, This was he, whom we had sometimes in derision, and a proverb of reproach: We fools accounted his life madness, and his end to be without honour: How is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among the saints! Therefore have we erred from the way of truth, and the light of righteousness hath not shined unto us, and the sun of righteousness rose not upon us. For the hope of the Godly is like dust that is blown away with the wind; like a thin froth that is driven away with the storm; like as the smoke which is dispersed here and there with a tempest, and passeth away as the remembrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day. But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand: for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them.



 

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The Second Lesson (First Set of Propers)


II Corinthians 5


For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

The Second Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


St. Luke 20:27-39


Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children. And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.



 

The Collect

The Third Sunday After Easter

ALMIGHTY God, who showest to them that are in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's Religion, that they may avoid those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.



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