Evening Prayer Readings
Thursday after Advent 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 145


The One Hundred Forty Fifth Psalm

Exaltabo te, Deus.


I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King; * and I will praise thy Name for ever and ever.
 
Every day will I give thanks unto thee; * and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
 
Great is the LORD, and marvellous worthy to be praised; * there is no end of his greatness.
 
One generation shall praise thy works unto another, * and declare thy power.
 
As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, * thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;
 
So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; * and I will also tell of thy greatness.
 
The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed; * and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
 
The LORD is gracious and merciful; * long-suffering, and of great goodness.
 
The LORD is loving unto every man; * and his mercy is over all his works.
 
All thy works praise thee, O LORD; * and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
 
They show the glory of thy kingdom, * and talk of thy power;
 
That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, * might be known unto men.
 
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, * and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
 
The LORD upholdeth all such as fall, * and lifteth up all those that are down.
 
The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord; * and thou givest them their meat in due season.
 
Thou openest thine hand, * and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
 
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, * and holy in all his works.
 
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him; * yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
 
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; * he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
 
The LORD preserveth all them that love him; * but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
 
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; * and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.



 

The First Lesson


Zephaniah 3:14


Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.



 

The Second Lesson

Revelation 22:1-9

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.



 

The Collect

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

O LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without end. 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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