Evening Prayer Readings
Tuesday after Lent 2

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 51


The Fifty-First Psalm

Miserere mei, Deus.


HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; * according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
 
Wash me throughly from my wickedness, * and cleanse me from my sin.
 
For I acknowledge my faults, * and my sin is ever before me.
 
Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; * that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou shalt judge.
 
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, * and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
 
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts, * and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
 
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; * thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
 
Turn thy face from my sins, * and put out all my misdeeds.
 
Make me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
 
Cast me not away from thy presence, * and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
 
O give me the comfort of thy help again, * and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
 
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, * and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
 
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health; * and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
 
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall show thy praise.
 
For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; * but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
 
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: * a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
 
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion; * build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
 
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations; * then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 5:1-9


Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely. O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God. I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 10:22-38

And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.



 

The Collect

Second Sunday in Lent

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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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