Morning Prayer Readings
Monday before Easter

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 71


The Seventy-First Psalm

In te, Domine, speravi.


IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion, * but rid me and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
 
Be thou my stronghold, whereunto I may alway resort: * thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castle.
 
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly, * out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
 
For thou, O Lord GOD, art the thing that I long for: * thou art my hope, even from my youth.
 
Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born: * thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb: my praise shall be alway of thee.
 
I am become as it were a monster unto many, * but my sure trust is in thee.
 
O let my mouth be filled with thy praise, * that I may sing of thy glory and honour all the day long.
 
Cast me not away in the time of age; * forsake me not when my strength faileth me.
 
For mine enemies speak against me; * and they that lay wait for my soul take their counsel together, saying,
 
God hath forsaken him; * persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him.
 
Go not far from me, O God; * my God, haste thee to help me.
 
Let them be confounded and perish that are against my soul; * let them be covered with shame and dishonour that seek to do me evil.
 
As for me, I will patiently abide alway, * and will praise thee more and more.
 
My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and salvation; * for I know no end thereof.
 
I will go forth in the strength of the Lord GOD, *and will make mention of thy righteousness only.
 
Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now; * therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.
 
Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray-headed, * until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
 
Thy righteousness, O God, is very high, * and great things are they that thou hast done: O God, who is like unto thee!
 
O what great troubles and adversities hast thou showed me ! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me; * yea, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.
 
Thou hast brought me to great honour, * and comforted me on every side:
 
Therefore will I praise thee, and thy faithfulness, O God, playing upon an instrument of music: * unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
 
My lips will be glad when I sing unto thee; * and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.
 
My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long; * for they are confounded and brought unto shame that seek to do me evil.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 42:1-7


Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 14:1-14

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.



 

The Collect

Monday Before Easter

ALMIGHTY God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified; Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Palm Sunday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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