Evening Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Advent 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 139


The One Hundred Thirty Ninth Psalm

Domine, probasti.


O LORD, thou hast searched me out, and known me. * Thou knowest my down-sitting, and mine uprising; thou understandest my thoughts long before.
 
Thou art about my path, and about my bed; * and art acquainted with all my ways.
 
For lo, there is not a word in my tongue, * but thou, O LORD, knowest it altogether.
 
Thou hast beset me behind and before, * and laid thine hand upon me.
 
Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me; * I cannot attain unto it.
 
Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit? * or whither shall I go then from thy presence?
 
If I climb up into heaven, thou art there; * if I go down to hell, thou art there also.
 
If I take the wings of the morning, * and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
 
Even there also shall thy hand lead me, * and thy right hand shall hold me.
 
If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me; * then shall my night be turned to day.
 
Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day; * the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
 
For my reins are thine; * thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
 
I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: * marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
 
My bones are not hid from thee, * though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.
 
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; * and in thy book were all my members written;
 
Which day by day were fashioned, * when as yet there was none of them.
 
How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God; * O how great is the sum of them!
 
If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand: * when I wake up, I am present with thee.
 
Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God? * Depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.
 
For they speak unrighteously against thee; * and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
 
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? * and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
 
Yea, I hate them right sore; * even as though they were mine enemies.
 
Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart; * prove me, and examine my thoughts.
 
Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me; * and lead me in the way everlasting.



 

The First Lesson


Haggai 2:1-9


In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the Lord by the prophet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts: According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.



 

The Second Lesson

Revelation 21:9

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.



 

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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