Evening Prayer Readings
Eve of St. Mark the Evangelist

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 67


The Sixty-Seventh Psalm

Deus misereatur.


God be merciful unto us, and bless us, * and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
 
That thy way may be known upon earth, * thy saving health among all nations.
 
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
 
O let the nations rejoice and be glad; * for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
 
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
 
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; * and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
 
God shall bless us; * and all the ends of the world shall fear him.


Psalm 96


The Ninety-Sixth Psalm

Cantate Domino.


O SING unto the LORD a new song; * sing unto the LORD, all the whole earth.
 
Sing unto the LORD, and praise his Name; * be telling of his salvation from day to day.
 
Declare his honour unto the heathen, * and his wonders unto all peoples.
 
For the LORD is great, and cannot worthily be praised; * he is more to be feared than all gods.
 
As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols; * but it is the LORD that made the heavens.
 
Glory and worship are before him; * power and honour are in his sanctuary.
 
Ascribe unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the peoples, * ascribe unto the LORD worship and power.
 
Ascribe unto the LORD the honour due unto his Name; * bring presents, and come into his courts.
 
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
 
Tell it out among the heathen, that the LORD is King, and that it is he who hath made the round world so fast that it cannot be moved; * and how that he shall judge the peoples righteously.
 
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; * let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is.
 
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it; * then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD.
 
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; * and with righteousness to judge the world, and the peoples with his truth.



 

The First Lesson


Ecclesiasticus 51:13-22


When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my prayer. I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to the end. Even from the flower till the grape was ripe hath my heart delighted in her: my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her. I bowed down mine ear a little, and received her, and gat much learning. I profited therein, therefore will I ascribe glory unto him that giveth me wisdom. For I purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; so shall I not be confounded. My soul hath wrestled with her, and in my doings I was exact: I stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my ignorances of her. I directed my soul unto her, and I found her in pureness: I have had my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore shall I not be foresaken. My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good possession. The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him therewith.



 

The Second Lesson

Acts 12:25 - 13:3

And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark. Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.



 

The Collect

St. Mark the Evangelist

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us grace that, being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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