Evening Prayer Readings
Saturday after Trinity 12

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 148


The One Hundred Forty Eighth Psalm

Laudate Dominum.


O PRAISE the LORD from the heavens: * praise him in the heights.
 
Praise him, all ye angels of his: * praise him, all his host.
 
Praise him, sun and moon: * praise him, all ye stars and light.
 
Praise him, all ye heavens, * and ye waters that are above the heavens.
 
Let them praise the Name of the LORD: * for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
 
He hath made them fast for ever and ever: * he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.
 
Praise the LORD from the earth, * ye dragons and all deeps;
 
Fire and hail, snow and vapours, * wind and storm, fulfilling his word;
 
Mountains and all hills; * fruitful trees and all cedars;
 
Beasts and all cattle; * creeping things and flying fowls;
 
Kings of the earth, and all peoples; * princes, and all judges of the world;
 
Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the LORD: * for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
 
He shall exalt the horn of his people: all his saints shall praise him; * even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.


Psalm 150


The One Hundred Fiftieth Psalm

Laudate Dominum.


O PRAISE God in his sanctuary: * praise him in the firmament of his power.
 
Praise him in his noble acts: * praise him according to his excellent greatness.
 
Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: * praise him upon the lute and harp.
 
Praise him in the timbrels and dances: * praise him upon the strings and pipe.
 
Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: * praise him upon the loud cymbals.
 
Let every thing that hath breath * praise the LORD.



 

The First Lesson


Ecclesiasticus 2


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. Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways! Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended. Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you? They that fear the Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that love him will keep his ways. They that fear the Lord will seek that which is well, pleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law. They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight, Saying, We will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his majesty is, so is his mercy.



 

The Second Lesson

Romans 15:17

I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company. But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.



 

The Collect

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.



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