Evening Prayer Readings
Thursday after Easter 3

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 97


The Ninety-Seventh Psalm

Dominus regnavit.


THE LORD is King, the earth may be glad thereof; * yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.
 
Clouds and darkness are round about him: * righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his seat.
 
There shall go a fire before him, * and burn up his enemies on every side.
 
His lightnings gave shine unto the world: * the earth saw it, and was afraid.
 
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD; * at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
 
The heavens have declared his righteousness, * and all the peoples have seen his glory.
 
Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain gods: * worship him, all ye gods.
 
Sion heard of it, and rejoiced; and the daughters of Judah were glad, * because of thy judgments, O LORD.
 
For thou, LORD, art higher than all that are in the earth: * thou art exalted far above all gods.
 
O ye that love the LORD, see that ye hate the thing which is evil: * the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
 
There is sprung up a light for the righteous, * and joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted.
 
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; * and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.


Psalm 98


The Ninety-Eighth Psalm

Cantate Domino.


O SING unto the LORD a new song; * for he hath done marvellous things.
 
With his own right hand, and with his holy arm, * hath he gotten himself the victory.
 
The LORD declared his salvation; * his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
 
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel; * and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
 
Show yourselves joyful unto the LORD, all ye lands; * sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
 
Praise the LORD upon the harp; * sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.
 
With trumpets also and shawms, * O show yourselves joyful before the LORD, the King.
 
Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is; * the round world, and they that dwell therein.
 
Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the LORD; * for he is come to judge the earth.
 
With righteousness shall he judge the world, * and the peoples with equity.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 49:1-12


Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.



 

The Second Lesson

Ephesians 2:11

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.



 

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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