Evening Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Lent 2

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 65


The Sixty-Fifth Psalm

Te decet hymnus.


THOU, O God, art praised in Sion; * and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem.
 
Thou that hearest the prayer, * unto thee shall all flesh come.
 
My misdeeds prevail against me: * O be thou merciful unto our sins.
 
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and receivest unto thee: * he shall dwell in thy court, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
 
Thou shalt show us wonderful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation; * thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea.
 
Who in his strength setteth fast the mountains, * and is girded about with power.
 
Who stilleth the raging of the sea, * and the noise of his waves, and the madness of the peoples.
 
They also that dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth shall be afraid at thy tokens, * thou that makest the out-goings of the morning and evening to praise thee.
 
Thou visitest the earth, and blessest it; * thou makest it very plenteous.
 
The river of God is full of water: * thou preparest their corn, for so thou providest for the earth.
 
Thou waterest her furrows; thou sendest rain into the little valleys thereof; * thou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it.
 
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; * and thy clouds drop fatness.
 
They shall drop upon the dwellings of the wilderness; * and the little hills shall rejoice on every side.
 
The folds shall be full of sheep; * the valleys also shall stand so thick with corn, that they shall laugh and sing.


Psalm 67


The Sixty-Seventh Psalm

Deus misereatur.


God be merciful unto us, and bless us, * and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
 
That thy way may be known upon earth, * thy saving health among all nations.
 
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
 
O let the nations rejoice and be glad; * for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
 
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
 
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; * and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
 
God shall bless us; * and all the ends of the world shall fear him.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 5:10-19


Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord's. For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord. They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them. Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say. Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men. And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword. Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you. And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 11:1-16

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with 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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