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

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter

Psalm 9

The Ninth Psalm

Confitebor tibi.

I WILL give thanks unto thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; * I will speak of all thy marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee; * yea, my songs will I make of thy Name, O thou Most Highest.
While mine enemies are driven back, * they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; * thou art set in the throne that judgest right.
Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the ungodly; * thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
O thou enemy, thy destructions are come to a perpetual end; * even as the cities which thou hast destroyed, whose memorial is perished with them.
But the LORD shall endure for ever; * he hath also prepared his seat for judgment.
For he shall judge the world in righteousness, * and minister true judgment unto the people.
The LORD also will be a defence for the oppressed, * even a refuge in due time of trouble.
And they that know thy Name will put their trust in thee; * for thou, LORD, hast never failed them that seek thee.
O praise the LORD which dwelleth in Sion; * show the people of his doings.
For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them, * and forgetteth not the complaint of the poor.
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider the trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, * thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;
That I may show all thy praises within the gates of the daughter of Sion: * I will rejoice in thy salvation.
The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made; * in the same net which they hid privily is their foot taken.
The LORD is known to execute judgment; * the ungodly is trapped in the work of his own hands.
The wicked shall be turned to destruction, * and all the people that forget God.
For the poor shall not alway be forgotten; * the patient abiding of the meek shall not perish for ever.
Up, LORD, and let not man have the upper hand; * let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
Put them in fear, O LORD, * that the heathen may know themselves to be but men.


The First Lesson

Proverbs 3:13-20

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.


The Second Lesson

Ephesians 3:1-13

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.


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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