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The Psalter (First Set of Propers)



Psalm 68 - OR - Psalm 27

 

Psalm 68


The Sixty-Eighth Psalm

Exsurgat Deus.


LET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; * let them also that hate him flee before him.
 
Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away; * and like as wax melteth at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
 
But let the righteous be glad, and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful.
 
O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him that rideth upon the heavens; * praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.
 
He is a Father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows; * even God in his holy habitation.
 
He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; * but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.
 
O God, when thou wentest forth before the people; * when thou wentest through the wilderness,
 
The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God; * even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
 
Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, * and refreshedst it when it was weary.
 
Thy congregation shall dwell therein; * for thou, O God, hast of thy goodness prepared for the poor.
 
The Lord gave the word; * great was the company of women that bare the tidings.
 
Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited, * and they of the household divided the spoil.
 
Though ye have lain among the sheep-folds, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove * that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.
 
When the Almighty scattered kings for their sake, * then were they as white as snow in Salmon.
 
As the hill of Bashan, so is God's hill; * even an high hill, as the hill of Bashan.
 
Why mock ye so, ye high hills? this is God's hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell; * yea, the LORD will abide in it for ever.
 
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels; * and the Lord is among them as in the holy place of Sinai.
 
Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts from men; * yea, even from thine enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
 
Praised be the Lord daily, * even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.
 

 
vs 20 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation: * GOD is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
 

 
vs 21 God shall wound the head of his enemies, * and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness.
 
The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Bashan; * mine own will I bring again, as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.
 
That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, * and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the same.
 
It is well seen, O God, how thou goest; * how thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary.
 
The singers go before, the minstrels follow after, * in the midst of the damsels playing with the timbrels.
 
Give thanks unto God the Lord in the congregation, * ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
 
There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their council; * the princes of Zebulon, and the princes of Naphthali.
 
Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee; * stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us,
 
For thy temple's sake at Jerusalem; * so shall kings bring presents unto thee.
 
Rebuke thou the dragon and the bull, with the leaders of the heathen, so that they humbly bring pieces of silver; * scatter thou the peoples that delight in war;
 
Then shall the princes come out of Egypt; * the Morians' land shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
 
Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth; * O sing praises unto the Lord;
 
Who sitteth in the heavens over all, from the beginning: * lo, he doth send out his voice; yea, and that a mighty voice.
 
Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel; * his worship and strength is in the clouds.
 
O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places: * even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.




 

Psalm 27


The Twenty-Seventh Psalm

Dominus illuminatio.


THE LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? * the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
 
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, * they stumbled and fell.
 
Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; * and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
 
One thing have I desired of the LORD, which I will require; * even that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the LORD, and to visit his temple.
 
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle; * yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.
 
And now shall he lift up mine head * above mine enemies round about me.
 
Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation, with great gladness: * I will sing and speak praises unto the LORD.
 
Hearken unto my voice, O LORD, when I cry unto thee; * have mercy upon me, and hear me.
 
My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: * Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
 
O hide not thou thy face from me, * nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
 
Thou hast been my succour; * leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
 
When my father and my mother forsake me, * the LORD taketh me up.
 
Teach me thy way, O LORD, * and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.
 
Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries: * for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.
 
I should utterly have fainted, * but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 
O tarry thou the LORD'S leisure; * be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the LORD.





 

The Psalter (Second Set of Propers)


Psalm 8


The Eighth Psalm

Domine, Dominus noster.


O LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world; * thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
 
Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies, * that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
 
When I consider thy heavens, even the work of thy fingers; * the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained;
 
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? * and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
 
Thou madest him lower than the angels, * to crown him with glory and worship.
 
Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands; * and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet:
 
All sheep and oxen; * yea, and the beasts of the field;
 
The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea; * and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
 
O LORD our Governor, * how excellent is thy Name in all the world!


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.



 

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers

 

The First Lesson (First Set of Propers)


Isaiah 63:7-16


I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy spirit within him? That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name? That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble? As a beast goeth down into the valley, the spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name. Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained? Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

 

The First Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


Job 28:12-28


But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.



 

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The Second Lesson (First Set of Propers)


II Peter 1:1-12


Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

 

The Second Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


St. Matthew 11:25-30


At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.



 

The Collect

The First Sunday after Christmas

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.


Christmas Day

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.



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