Evening Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Lent 5

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 132


The One Hundred Thirty Second Psalm

Memento, Domine.


LORD, remember David, * and all his trouble:
 
How he sware unto the LORD, * and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob:
 
I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house, * nor climb up into my bed;
 
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyelids to slumber; * neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
 
Until I find out a place for the temple of the LORD; * an habitation for the Mighty God of Jacob.
 
Lo, we heard of the same at Ephratah, * and found it in the wood.
 
We will go into his tabernacle, * and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
 
Arise, O LORD, into thy resting-place; * thou, and the ark of thy strength.
 
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; * and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.
 
For thy servant David's sake, * turn not away the face of thine anointed.
 
The LORD hath made a faithful oath unto David, * and he shall not shrink from it:
 
Of the fruit of thy body * shall I set upon thy throne.
 
If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall teach them; * their children also shall sit upon thy throne for evermore.
 
For the LORD hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself; * he hath longed for her.
 
This shall be my rest for ever: * here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
 
I will bless her victuals with increase, * and will satisfy her poor with bread.
 
I will deck her priests with health, * and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
 
There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: * I have ordained a lantern for mine anointed.
 
As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame; * but upon himself shall his crown flourish.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 28:1-2, 10-17


And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it. And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way. Then the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the prophet, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron. For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also. Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord. So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 12:20-33

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.



 

The Collect

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and 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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