Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Easter 3

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 89:1-19


The Eighty-Ninth Psalm

Misericordias Domini.


MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the LORD; * with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
 
For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever; * thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
 
I have made a covenant with my chosen; * I have sworn unto David my servant:
 
Thy seed will I stablish for ever, * and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
 
O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works; * and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
 
For who is he among the clouds, * that shall be compared unto the LORD?
 
And what is he among the gods, * that shall be like unto the LORD?
 
God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, * and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
 
O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee? * thy truth, most mighty LORD, is on every side.
 
Thou rulest the raging of the sea; * thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
 
Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it; * thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
 
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; * thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
 
Thou hast made the north and the south; * Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
 
Thou hast a mighty arm; * strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
 
Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat; * mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
 
Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee; * they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
 
Their delight shall be daily in thy Name; * and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
 
For thou art the glory of their strength, * and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
 
For the LORD is our defence; * the Holy One of Israel is our King.
 

 
vs 20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst, * I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
 
I have found David my servant; * with my holy oil have I anointed him.
 
My hand shall hold him fast, * and my arm shall strengthen him.
 
The enemy shall not be able to do him violence; * the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
 
I will smite down his foes before his face, * and plague them that hate him.
 
My truth also and my mercy shall be with him; * and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
 
I will set his dominion also in the sea, * and his right hand in the floods.
 
He shall call me, Thou art my Father, * my God, and my strong salvation.
 
And I will make him my firstborn, * higher than the kings of the earth.
 
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, * and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
 
His seed also will I make to endure for ever, * and his throne as the days of heaven.
 

 
vs 31 But if his children forsake my law, * and walk not in my judgments;
 
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; * I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
 
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, * nor suffer my truth to fail.
 
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips: * I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
 
His seed shall endure for ever, * and his throne is like as the sun before me.
 
He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon, * and as the faithful witness in heaven.
 
But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine anointed, * and art displeased at him.
 
Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant, * and cast his crown to the ground.
 
Thou hast overthrown all his hedges, * and broken down his strongholds.
 
All they that go by spoil him, * and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
 
Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies, * and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
 
Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword, * and givest him not victory in the battle.
 
Thou hast put out his glory, * and cast his throne down to the ground.
 
The days of his youth hast thou shortened, * and covered him with dishonour.
 
LORD, how long wilt thou hide thyself? for ever? * and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
 
O remember how short my time is; * wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
 
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? * and shall he deliver his soul from the power of the grave?
 
Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses, * which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
 
Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have, * and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
 
Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, * and slandered the footsteps of thine anointed.
 
Praised be the LORD for evermore. * Amen, and Amen.



 

The First Lesson


Exodus 32:1-7, 15-20


And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear. And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.



 

The Second Lesson

Hebrews 10:15-25

Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.



 

The Collect

The Third Sunday After Easter

ALMIGHTY God, who showest to them that are in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's Religion, that they may avoid those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.



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