Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Lent 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
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The Psalter


Psalm 107


The One Hundred Seventh Psalm

Confitemini Domino.


O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.
 
Let them give thanks whom the LORD hath redeemed, * and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
 
And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west; * from the north, and from the south.
 
They went astray in the wilderness out of the way, * and found no city to dwell in.
 
Hungry and thirsty, * their soul fainted in them.
 
So they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * and he delivered them from their distress.
 
He led them forth by the right way, * that they might go to the city where they dwelt.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
 
For he satisfieth the empty soul, * and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.  

 
vs 10 Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * being fast bound in misery and iron;
 
Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord, * and lightly regarded the counsel of the Most Highest;
 
He also brought down their heart through heaviness: * they fell down, and there was none to help them.
 
So when they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivered them out of their distress.
 
For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death, * and brake their bonds in sunder.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
 
For he hath broken the gates of brass, * and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.
 

 
vs 17 Foolish men are plagued for their offence, * and because of their wickedness.
 
Their soul abhorred all manner of meat, * and they were even hard at death's door.
 
So when they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivered them out of their distress.
 
He sent his word, and healed them; * and they were saved from their destruction.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
 
That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving, * and tell out his works with gladness!
 
They that go down to the sea in ships, * and occupy their business in great waters;
 
These men see the works of the LORD, * and his wonders in the deep.
 
For at his word the stormy wind ariseth, * which lifteth up the waves thereof.
 
They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep; * their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
 
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, * and are at their wit's end.
 
SO when they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivereth them out of their distress.
 
For he maketh the storm to cease, * so that the waves thereof are still.
 
Then are they glad, because they are at rest; * and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
 
That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people; * and praise him in the seat of the elders!
 

 
vs 33 He turneth the floods into a wilderness, * and drieth up the water-springs.
 
A fruitful land maketh he barren, * for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
 
Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water, * and water-springs of a dry ground.
 
And there he setteth the hungry, * that they may build them a city to dwell in;
 
That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards, * to yield them fruits of increase.
 
He blesseth them, so that they multiply exceedingly; * and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
 
And again, when they are minished and brought low * through oppression, through any plague or trouble;
 
Though he suffer them to be evil entreated through tyrants, * and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
 
Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery, * and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
 
The righteous will consider this, and rejoice; * and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
 
Whoso is wise, will ponder these things; * and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the LORD.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 16:5-13


For thus saith the Lord, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the Lord, even lovingkindness and mercies. Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them: Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother. Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink. For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride. And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God? Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the Lord, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Mark 13:14-23

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.



 

The Collect

Fourth Sunday in Lent

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 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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