Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Easter (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
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The Psalter


Psalm 97


The Ninety-Seventh Psalm

Dominus regnavit.


THE LORD is King, the earth may be glad thereof; * yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.
 
Clouds and darkness are round about him: * righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his seat.
 
There shall go a fire before him, * and burn up his enemies on every side.
 
His lightnings gave shine unto the world: * the earth saw it, and was afraid.
 
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD; * at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
 
The heavens have declared his righteousness, * and all the peoples have seen his glory.
 
Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain gods: * worship him, all ye gods.
 
Sion heard of it, and rejoiced; and the daughters of Judah were glad, * because of thy judgments, O LORD.
 
For thou, LORD, art higher than all that are in the earth: * thou art exalted far above all gods.
 
O ye that love the LORD, see that ye hate the thing which is evil: * the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
 
There is sprung up a light for the righteous, * and joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted.
 
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; * and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.


Psalm 99


The Ninety-Ninth Psalm

Dominus regnavit.


THE LORD is King, be the people never so impatient; * he sitteth between the Cherubim, be the earth never so unquiet.
 
The LORD is great in Sion, * and high above all people.
 
They shall give thanks unto thy Name, * which is great, wonderful, and holy.
 
The King's power loveth judgment; thou hast prepared equity, * thou hast executed judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
 
O magnify the LORD our God, and fall down before his footstool; * for he is holy.
 
Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among such as call upon his Name: * these called upon the LORD, and he heard them.
 
He spake unto them out of the cloudy pillar; * for they kept his testimonies, and the law that he gave them.
 
Thou heardest them, O LORD our God; * thou forgavest them, O God, though thou didst punish their wicked doings.
 
O magnify the LORD our God, and worship him upon his holy hill; * for the LORD our God is holy.



 

The First Lesson


Micah 7:7-9, 18-20


Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.



 

The Second Lesson

I Timothy 6:11-19

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.



 

The Collect

Easter Sunday

ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.



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