Evening Prayer Readings
Ember Wednesday after Advent 3

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 92


The Ninety-Second Psalm

Bonum est confiteri.


IT is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, * and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most Highest;
 
To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning, * and of thy truth in the night season;
 
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute; * upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
 
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy works; * and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.
 
O LORD, how glorious are thy works! * thy thoughts are very deep.
 
An unwise man doth not well consider this, * and a fool doth not understand it.
 
When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish, * then shall they be destroyed for ever; but thou, LORD, art the Most Highest for evermore.
 
For lo, thine enemies, O LORD, lo, thine enemies shall perish; * and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
 
But my horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn; * for I am anointed with fresh oil.
 
Mine eye also shall see his lust of mine enemies, * and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
 
The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree, * and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Lebanon.
 
Such as are planted in the house of the LORD, * shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.
 
They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age, * and shall be fat and well-liking;
 
That they may show how true the LORD my strength is, * and that there is no unrighteousness in him.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 23:16-22


Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Matthew 28:16

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.



 

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.

The First Sunday in Advent
(to be said throughout 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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