Evening Prayer Readings
Ember Wednesday

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 24


The Twenty-Fourth Psalm

Domini est terra.


THE earth is the LORD'S, and all that therein is; * the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.
 
For he hath founded it upon the seas, * and stablished it upon the floods.
 
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? * or who shall rise up in his holy place?
 
Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; * and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.
 
He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, * and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
 
This is the generation of them that seek him; * even of them that seek thy face, O God of Jacob.
 
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; * and the King of glory shall come in.
 
Who is this King of glory? * It is the LORD strong and mighty, even the LORD mighty in battle.
 
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; * and the King of glory shall come in.
 
Who is this King of glory? * Even the LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.


Psalm 26


The Twenty-Sixth Psalm

Judica me, Domine.


BE thou my Judge, O LORD, for I have walked innocently: * my trust hath been also in the LORD, therefore shall I not fall.
 
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; * try out my reins and my heart.
 
For thy loving-kindness is ever before mine eyes; * and I will walk in thy truth.
 
I have not dwelt with vain persons; * neither will I have fellowship with the deceitful.
 
I have hated the congregation of the wicked; * and will not sit among the ungodly.
 
I will wash my hands in innocency, O LORD; * and so will I go to thine altar;
 
That I may show the voice of thanksgiving, * and tell of all thy wondrous works.
 
LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, * and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
 
O shut not up my soul with the sinners, * nor my life with the blood-thirsty;
 
In whose hands is wickedness, * and their right hand is full of gifts.
 
But as for me, I will walk innocently: * O deliver me, and be merciful unto me.
 
My foot standeth right: * I will praise the LORD in the congregations.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 42:1-6


Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) That the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do. Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the Lord your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the Lord shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you. Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us. Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.



 

The Second Lesson

I Timothy 3

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.



 

The Collect

Ember Days

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation; We humbly beseech thee, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind may be drawn to thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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