Morning Prayer Readings
Saturday after Trinity 6

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 72


The Seventy-Second Psalm

Deus, judicium.


GIVE the King thy judgments, O God, * and thy righteousness unto the King's son.
 
Then shall he judge thy people according unto right, * and defend the poor.
 
The mountains also shall bring peace, * and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
 
He shall keep the simple folk by their right, * defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong doer.
 
They shall fear thee, as long as the sun and moon endureth, * from one generation to another.
 
He shall come down like the rain upon the mown grass, * even as the drops that water the earth.
 
In his time shall the righteous flourish; * yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.
 
His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other, * and from the River unto the world's end.
 
They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him; * his enemies shall lick the dust.
 
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall give presents; * the kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring gifts.
 
All kings shall fall down before him; * all nations shall do him service.
 
For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth; * the needy also, and him that hath no helper.
 
He shall be favourable to the simple and needy, * and shall preserve the souls of the poor.
 
He shall deliver their souls from falsehood and wrong; * and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
 
He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia; * prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall he be praised.
 
There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills ; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: * and they of the city shall flourish like grass upon the earth.
 
His Name shall endure for ever; his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities, which shall be blessed in him; * and all the nations shall praise him.
 
Blessed be the LORD God, even the God of Israel, * which only doeth wondrous things;
 
And blessed be the Name of his majesty for ever: * and all the earth shall be filled with his majesty. Amen, Amen.



 

The First Lesson


I Samuel 4:12


And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out. And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli. Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see. And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled today out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son? And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years. And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her. And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast borne a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it. And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 12:49

I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.



 

The Collect

Sixth Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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