Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Ascension (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 20


The Twentieth Psalm

Exaudiat te Dominus.


THE LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; * the Name of the God of Jacob defend thee:
 
Send thee help from the sanctuary, * and strengthen thee out of Sion:
 
Remember all thy offerings, * and accept thy burnt sacrifice:
 
Grant thee thy heart's desire, * and fulfil all thy mind.
 
We will rejoice in thy salvation, and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God: * the LORD perform all thy petitions.
 
Now know I that the LORD helpeth his anointed, and will hear him from his holy heaven, * even with the wholesome strength of his right hand.
 
Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses; * but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.
 
They are brought down and fallen; * but we are risen and stand upright.
 
Save, LORD; and hear us, O King of heaven, * when we call upon thee.


Psalm 29


The Twenty-Ninth Psalm

Afferte Domino.


ASCRIBE unto the LORD, O ye mighty, * ascribe unto the LORD worship and strength.
 
Ascribe unto the LORD the honour due unto his Name; * worship the LORD with holy worship.
 
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; * it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.
 
It is the LORD that ruleth the sea; the voice of the LORD is mighty in operation; * the voice of the LORD is a glorious voice.
 
The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedar-trees; * yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
 
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; * Lebanon also, and Sirion, like a young unicorn.
 
The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire; the voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; * yea, the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
 
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and strippeth bare the forests: * in his temple doth every thing speak of his honour.
 
The LORD sitteth above the water-flood, * and the LORD remaineth a King for ever.
 
The LORD shall give strength unto his people; * the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 12


And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.



 

The Second Lesson

Acts 1:12

Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.



 

The Collect

Ascension Day

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.



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