Evening Prayer Readings
St. Thomas the Apostle

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 112


The One Hundred Twelfth Psalm

Beatus vir.


BLESSED is the man that feareth the LORD; * he hath great delight in his commandments.
 
His seed shall be mighty upon earth; * the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
 
Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house; * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
 
Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness; * he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
 
A good man is merciful, and lendeth; * and will guide his words with discretion.
 
For he shall never be moved: * and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
 
He will not be afraid of any evil tidings; * for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the LORD.
 
His heart is stablished, and will not shrink, * until he see his desire upon his enemies.
 
He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor, * and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
 
The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him; * he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.


Psalm 113


The One Hundred Thirteenth Psalm

Laudate, pueri.


PRAISE the LORD, ye servants; * O praise the Name of the LORD.
 
Blessed be the Name of the LORD * from this time forth for evermore.
 
The LORD'S Name is praised * from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
 
The LORD is high above all nations, * and his glory above the heavens.
 
Who is like unto the LORD our God, that hath his dwelling so high, * and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth!
 
He taketh up the simple out of the dust, * and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
 
That he may set him with the princes, * even with the princes of his people.
 
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, * and to be a joyful mother of children.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 43:8-13


Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?



 

The Second Lesson

I Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.



 

The Collect

St. Thomas the Apostle

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who, for the greater confirmation of the faith, didst suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's resurrection; Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. 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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