Evening Prayer Readings
Second Sunday before Advent (Trinity 23)
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
I WILL give thanks unto thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; * I will speak of all thy marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee; * yea, my songs will I make of thy Name, O thou Most Highest.
While mine enemies are driven back, * they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; * thou art set in the throne that judgest right.
Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the ungodly; * thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
O thou enemy, thy destructions are come to a perpetual end; * even as the cities which thou hast destroyed, whose memorial is perished with them.
But the LORD shall endure for ever; * he hath also prepared his seat for judgment.
For he shall judge the world in righteousness, * and minister true judgment unto the people.
The LORD also will be a defence for the oppressed, * even a refuge in due time of trouble.
And they that know thy Name will put their trust in thee; * for thou, LORD, hast never failed them that seek thee.
O praise the LORD which dwelleth in Sion; * show the people of his doings.
For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them, * and forgetteth not the complaint of the poor.
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider the trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, * thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;
That I may show all thy praises within the gates of the daughter of Sion: * I will rejoice in thy salvation.
The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made; * in the same net which they hid privily is their foot taken.
The LORD is known to execute judgment; * the ungodly is trapped in the work of his own hands.
The wicked shall be turned to destruction, * and all the people that forget God.
For the poor shall not alway be forgotten; * the patient abiding of the meek shall not perish for ever.
Up, LORD, and let not man have the upper hand; * let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
Put them in fear, O LORD, * that the heathen may know themselves to be but men.
IN Judah is God known; * his Name is great in Israel.
At Salem is his tabernacle, * and his dwelling in Sion.
There brake he the arrows of the bow, * the shield, the sword, and the battle.
Thou art glorious in might, * when thou comest from the hills of the robbers.
The proud are robbed, they have slept their sleep; * and all the men whose hands were mighty have found nothing.
At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, * both the chariot and horse are fallen.
Thou, even thou art to be feared; * and who may stand in thy sight when thou art angry?
Thou didst cause thy judgment to be heard from heaven; * the earth trembled, and was still,
When God arose to judgment, * and to help all the meek upon earth.
The fierceness of man shall turn to thy praise; * and the fierceness of them shalt thou refrain.
Promise unto the LORD your God, and keep it, all ye that are round about him; * bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
He shall refrain the spirit of princes, * and is wonderful among the kings of the earth.
O SING unto the LORD a new song; * sing unto the LORD, all the whole earth.
Sing unto the LORD, and praise his Name; * be telling of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his honour unto the heathen, * and his wonders unto all peoples.
For the LORD is great, and cannot worthily be praised; * he is more to be feared than all gods.
As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols; * but it is the LORD that made the heavens.
Glory and worship are before him; * power and honour are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the peoples, * ascribe unto the LORD worship and power.
Ascribe unto the LORD the honour due unto his Name; * bring presents, and come into his courts.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
Tell it out among the heathen, that the LORD is King, and that it is he who hath made the round world so fast that it cannot be moved; * and how that he shall judge the peoples righteously.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; * let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it; * then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; * and with righteousness to judge the world, and the peoples with his truth.
And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
Behold, O Lord, now hast thou shewed me the multitude of the wonders, which thou wilt begin to do in the last times: but at what time, thou hast not shewed me. He answered me then, and said, Measure thou the time diligently in itself: and when thou seest part of the signs past, which I have told thee before, Then shalt thou understand, that it is the very same time, wherein the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made. Therefore when there shall be seen earthquakes and uproars of the people in the world: Then shalt thou well understand, that the most High spake of those things from the days that were before thee, even from the beginning. For like as all that is made in the world hath a beginning and an end, and the end is manifest: Even so the times also of the Highest have plain beginnings in wonder and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs. And every one that shall be saved, and shall be able to escape by his works, and by faith, whereby ye have believed, Shall be preserved from the said perils, and shall see my salvation in my land, and within my borders: for I have sanctified them for me from the beginning. Then shall they be in pitiful case, which now have abused my ways: and they that have cast them away despitefully shall dwell in torments. For such as in their life have received benefits, and have not known me; And they that have loathed my law, while they had yet liberty, and, when as yet place of repentance was open unto them, understood not, but despised it; The same must know it after death by pain. And therefore be thou not curious how the ungodly shall be punished, and when: but enquire how the righteous shall be saved, whose the world is, and for whom the world is created.
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness; Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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