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Saturday after Ascension (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 45


The Forty-Fifth Psalm

Eructavit cor meum.


MY heart overfloweth with a good matter; I speak the things which I have made concerning the King. * My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
 
Thou art fairer than the children of men; * full of grace are thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.
 
Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou Most Mighty, * according to thy worship and renown.
 
Good luck have thou with thine honour: * ride on, because of the word of truth, of meekness, and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
 
Thy arrows are very sharp in the heart of the King's enemies, * and the people shall be subdued unto thee.
 
Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever; * the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
 
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; * wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
 
All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia; * out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
 
Kings' daughters are among thy honourable women; * upon thy right hand doth stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.
 
Hearken, O daughter, and consider; incline thine ear; * forget also thine own people, and thy father's house.
 
So shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty; * for he is thy Lord, and worship thou him.
 
And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; * like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee.
 
The King's daughter is all glorious within; * her clothing is of wrought gold.
 
She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework: * the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.
 
With joy and gladness shall they be brought, * and shall enter into the King's palace.
 
Instead of thy fathers, thou shalt have children, * whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.
 
I will make thy Name to be remembered from one generation to another; * therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.



 

The First Lesson


Genesis 49:1-2, 8-10


And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.



 

The Second Lesson

II Thessalonians 2:13

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.



 

The Collect

Ascension Day

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.



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