Evening Prayer Readings
Thursday after Ash Wednesday

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 29


The Twenty-Ninth Psalm

Afferte Domino.


ASCRIBE unto the LORD, O ye mighty, * ascribe unto the LORD worship and strength.
 
Ascribe unto the LORD the honour due unto his Name; * worship the LORD with holy worship.
 
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; * it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.
 
It is the LORD that ruleth the sea; the voice of the LORD is mighty in operation; * the voice of the LORD is a glorious voice.
 
The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedar-trees; * yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
 
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; * Lebanon also, and Sirion, like a young unicorn.
 
The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire; the voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; * yea, the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
 
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and strippeth bare the forests: * in his temple doth every thing speak of his honour.
 
The LORD sitteth above the water-flood, * and the LORD remaineth a King for ever.
 
The LORD shall give strength unto his people; * the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.


Psalm 30


The Thirtieth Psalm

Exaltabo te, Domine.


I WILL magnify thee, O LORD; for thou hast set me up, * and not made my foes to triumph over me.
 
O LORD my God, I cried unto thee; * and thou hast healed me.
 
Thou, LORD, hast brought my soul out of hell: * thou hast kept my life, that I should not go down into the pit.
 
Sing praises unto the LORD, O ye saints of his; * and give thanks unto him, for a remembrance of his holiness.
 
For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life; * heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
 
And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be removed: * thou, LORD, of thy goodness, hast made my hill so strong.
 
Thou didst turn thy face from me, * and I was troubled.
 
Then cried I unto thee, O LORD; * and gat me to my LORD right humbly.
 
What profit is there in my blood, * when I go down into the pit?
 
Shall the dust give thanks unto thee? * or shall it declare thy truth?
 
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; * LORD, be thou my helper.
 
Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy; * thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness:
 
Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing. * O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 1:4-10, 13-19


Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 8:1-11

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.



 

The Collect

Ash Wednesday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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