Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday before Easter

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 94


The Ninety- Fourth Psalm

Deus ultionum.


O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth, * thou God, to whom vengeance belongeth, show thyself.
 
Arise, thou Judge of the world, * and reward the proud after their deserving.
 
LORD, how long shall the ungodly, * how long shall the ungodly triumph?
 
How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully, * and make such proud boasting?
 
They smite down thy people, O LORD, * and trouble thine heritage.
 
They murder the widow and the stranger, * and put the fatherless to death.
 
And yet they say, Tush, the LORD shall not see, * neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
 
Take heed, ye unwise among the people: * O ye fools, when will ye understand?
 
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? * or he that made the eye, shall he not see?
 
Or he that instructeth the heathen, * it is he that teacheth man knowledge; shall not he punish?
 
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, * that they are but vain.
 
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, * and teachest him in thy law;
 
That thou mayest give him patience in time of adversity, * until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.
 
For the LORD will not fail his people; * neither will he forsake his inheritance;
 
Until righteousness turn again unto judgment: * all such as are true in heart shall follow it.
 
Who will rise up with me against the wicked? * or who will take my part against the evil doers?
 
If the LORD had not helped me, * it had not failed, but my soul had been put to silence.
 
But when I said, My foot hath slipt; * thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
 
In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart, * thy comforts have refreshed my soul.
 
Wilt thou have any thing to do with the throne of wickedness, * which imagineth mischief as a law?
 
They gather them together against the soul of the righteous, * and condemn the innocent blood.
 
But the LORD is my refuge, * and my God is the strength of my confidence.
 

 
vs 23 He shall recompense them their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice; * yea, the LORD our God shall destroy them.



 

The First Lesson


Zechariah 12:9-10, 13:1, 7-9


And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 16:1-15

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.



 

The Collect

Wednesday Before Easter

ASSIST us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation; that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through 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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