Evening Prayer Readings
St. Mark the Evangelist

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 19


The Nineteenth Psalm

Caeli enarrant.


THE heavens declare the glory of God; * and the firmament showeth his handy-work.
 
One day telleth another; * and one night certifieth another.
 
There is neither speech nor language; * but their voices are heard among them.
 
Their sound is gone out into all lands; * and their words into the ends of the world.
 
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun; * which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
 
It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; * and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
 
The law of the LORD is an undefiled law, converting the soul; * the testimony of the LORD is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
 
The statutes of the LORD are right, and rejoice the heart; * the commandment of the LORD is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
 
The fear of the LORD is clean, and endureth forever; * the judgments of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
 
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; * sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb.
 
Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; * and in keeping of them there is great reward.
 
Who can tell how oft he offendeth? * O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.
 
Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me; * so shall I be undefiled, and innocent from the great offence.
 
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, * O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.


Psalm 122


The One Hundred Twenty Second Psalm

Laetatus sum.


I WAS glad when they said unto me, * We will go into the house of the LORD.
 
Our feet shall stand in thy gates, * O Jerusalem.
 
Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity in itself.
 
For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD, * to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the LORD.
 
For there is the seat of judgment, * even the seat of the house of David.
 
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; * they shall prosper that love thee.
 
Peace be within thy walls, * and plenteousness within thy palaces.
 
For my brethren and companions' sakes, * I will wish thee prosperity.
 
Yea, because of the house of the LORD our God, * I will seek to do thee good.



 

The First Lesson


Ecclesiasticus 2:1-11


My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation. Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble. Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end. Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate. For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity. Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him. Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall. Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail. Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy. Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him? For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction.



 

The Second Lesson

II Timothy 4:1-11, 16-18

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.



 

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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