Evening Prayer Readings
Monday after Easter 3

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 77


The Seventy-Seventh Psalm

Voce mea ad Dominum.


I WILL cry unto God with my voice; * even unto God will I cry with my voice, and he shall hearken unto me.
 
In the time of my trouble I sought the Lord: * I stretched forth my hands unto him, and ceased not in the night season; my soul refused comfort.
 
When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God; * when my heart is vexed, I will complain.
 
Thou holdest mine eyes waking: * I am so feeble that I cannot speak.
 
I have considered the days of old, * and the years that are past.
 
I call to remembrance my song, * and in the night I commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirit.
 
Will the Lord absent himself for ever? * and will he be no more intreated?
 
Is his mercy clean gone for ever? * and is his promise come utterly to an end for evermore?
 
Hath God forgotten to be gracious? * and will he shut up his loving-kindness in displeasure?
 
And I said, It is mine own infirmity; * but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most Highest.
 

 
vs 11 I will remember the works of the LORD, * and call to mind thy wonders of old time.
 
I will think also of all thy works, * and my talking shall be of thy doings.
 
Thy way, O God, is holy: * who is so great a God as our God?
 
Thou art the God that doest wonders, * and hast declared thy power among the peoples.
 
Thou hast mightily delivered thy people, * even the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
 
The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid; * the depths also were troubled.
 
The clouds poured out water, the air thundered, * and thine arrows went abroad.
 
The voice of thy thunder was heard round about: * the lightnings shone upon the ground; the earth was moved, and shook withal.
 
Thy way is in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters, * and thy footsteps are not known.
 
Thou leddest thy people like sheep, * by the hand of Moses and Aaron.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 45:20


Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.



 

The Second Lesson

Ephesians 1:1-14

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.



 

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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