Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Trinity 1
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
BLESSED is he that considereth the poor and needy; * the LORD shall deliver him in the time of trouble.
The LORD preserve him, and keep him alive, that he may be blessed upon earth; * and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.
The LORD comfort him when he lieth sick upon his bed; * make thou all his bed in his sickness.
I said, LORD, be merciful unto me; * heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
Mine enemies speak evil of me, * When shall he die, and his name perish?
And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity, * and his heart conceiveth falsehood within himself; and when he cometh forth, he telleth it.
All mine enemies whisper together against me; * even against me do they imagine this evil.
An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him; * and now that he lieth, he shall rise up no more.
Yea, even mine own familiar friend whom I trusted, * who did also eat of my bread, hath laid great wait for me.
But be thou merciful unto me, O LORD; * raise thou me up again, and I shall reward them.
By this I know thou favourest me, * that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
And in my innocency thou upholdest me, * and shalt set me before thy face for ever.
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, * world without end. Amen.
SAVE me, O God, for thy Name's sake, * and avenge me in thy strength.
Hear my prayer, O God, * and hearken unto the words of my mouth.
For strangers are risen up against me; * and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
Behold, God is my helper; * the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: * destroy thou them in thy truth.
An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O LORD; * because it is so comfortable.
For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble; * and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.
Again the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour. But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
O GOD, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and in deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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