Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Advent 1

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 6


The Sixth Psalm

Domine, ne in furore.


O LORD, rebuke me not in thine indignation, * neither chasten me in thy displeasure.
 
Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am weak; * O LORD, heal me, for my bones are vexed.
 
My soul also is sore troubled: * but, LORD, how long wilt thou punish me?
 
Turn thee, O LORD, and deliver my soul; * O save me, for thy mercy's sake.
 
For in death no man remembereth thee; * and who will give thee thanks in the pit?
 
I am weary of my groaning; * every night wash I my bed, and water my couch with my tears.
 
My beauty is gone for very trouble, * and worn away because of all mine enemies.
 
Away from me, all ye that work iniquity; * for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
 
The LORD hath heard my petition; * the LORD will receive my prayer.
 
All mine enemies shall be confounded, and sore vexed; * they shall be turned back, and put to shame suddenly.

 

Psalm 13


The Thirteenth Psalm

Usquequo, Domine?


HOW long wilt thou forget me, O LORD; for ever? * how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
 
How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be so vexed in my heart? * how long shall mine enemy triumph over me?
 
Consider, and hear me, O LORD my God; * lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death;
 
Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him: * for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.
 
But my trust is in thy mercy, * and my heart is joyful in thy salvation.
 
I will sing of the LORD, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me; * yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord Most Highest.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 6:1-11


In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate.



 

The Second Lesson

Revelation 7:1-4, 9-17

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.



 

The Collect

The First Sunday in Advent

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.



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