Evening Prayer Readings
Eve of St. Peter the Apostle

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 118


The One Hundred Eighteenth Psalm

Confitemini Domino.


O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious; * because his mercy endureth for ever.
 
Let Israel now confess that he is gracious, * and that his mercy endureth for ever.
 
Let the house of Aaron now confess, * that his mercy endureth for ever.
 
Yea, let them now that fear the LORD confess, * that his mercy endureth for ever.
 
I called upon the LORD in trouble; * and the LORD heard me at large.
 
The LORD is on my side; * I will not fear what man doeth unto me.
 
The LORD taketh my part with them that help me; * therefore shall I see my desire upon mine enemies.
 
It is better to trust in the LORD, * than to put any confidence in man.
 
It is better to trust in the LORD, * than to put any confidence in princes.
 
All nations compassed me round about; * but in the Name of the LORD will I destroy them.
 
They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, I say, on every side; * but in the Name of the LORD will I destroy them.
 
They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns; * for in the Name of the LORD I will destroy them.
 
Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall; * but the LORD was my help.
 
The LORD is my strength, and my song; * and is become my salvation.
 
The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous; * the right hand of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.
 
The right hand of the LORD hath the pre-eminence; * the right hand of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.
 
I shall not die, but live, * and declare the works of the LORD.
 
The LORD hath chastened and corrected me; * but he hath not given me over unto death.
 
Open me the gates of righteousness, * that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the LORD.
 
This is the gate of the LORD, * the righteous shall enter into it.
 
I will thank thee; for thou hast heard me, * and art become my salvation.
 
The same stone which the builders refused, * is become the head-stone in the corner.
 
This is the LORD'S doing, * and it is marvellous in our eyes.
 
This is the day which the LORD hath made; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.
 
Help me now, O LORD: * O LORD, send us now prosperity.
 
Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the LORD: * we have wished you good luck, we that are of the house of the LORD.
 
God is the LORD, who hath showed us light: * bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.
 
Thou art my God, and I will thank thee; * thou art my God, and I will praise thee.
 
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.



 

The First Lesson


Ezekiel 3:4-11


And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.



 

The Second Lesson

Acts 4:8-20

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.



 

The Collect

St. Peter the Apostle

O ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock; Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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