Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Epiphany 1 (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 7


The Seventh Psalm

Domine, Deus meus.


O LORD my God, in thee have I put my trust: * save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me;
 
Lest he devour my soul like a lion, and tear it in pieces, * while there is none to help.
 
O LORD my God, if I have done any such thing; * or if there be any wickedness in my hands;
 
If I have rewarded evil unto him that dealt friendly with me; * (yea, I have delivered him that without any cause is mine enemy;)
 
Then let mine enemy persecute my soul, and take me; * yea, let him tread my life down upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust.
 
Stand up, O LORD, in thy wrath, and lift up thyself, because of the indignation of mine enemies; * arise up for me in the judgment that thou hast commanded.
 
And so shall the congregation of the peoples come about thee: * for their sakes therefore lift up thyself again.
 
The LORD shall judge the peoples: give sentence with me, O LORD, * according to my righteousness, and according to the innocency that is in me.
 
O let the wickedness of the ungodly come to an end; * but guide thou the just.
 
For the righteous God * trieth the very hearts and reins.
 
My help cometh of God, * who preserveth them that are true of heart.
 
God is a righteous Judge, strong, and patient; * and God is provoked every day.
 
If a man will not turn, he will whet his sword; * he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
 
He hath prepared for him the instruments of death; * he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
 
Behold, the ungodly travaileth with iniquity; * he hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
 
He hath graven and digged up a pit, * and is fallen himself into the destruction that he made for other.
 
For his travail shall come upon his own head, * and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate.
 
I will give thanks unto the LORD, according to his righteousness; * and I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.



 

The First Lesson


Proverbs 3:1-7, 11-12


My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments; For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.



 

The Second Lesson

Ephesians 2:11

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.



 

The Collect

The First Sunday after the Epiphany

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiphany

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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