Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Trinity 12

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 125


The One Hundred Twenty Fifth Psalm

Qui confidunt.


THEY that put their trust in the LORD shall be even as the mount Sion, * which may not be removed, but standeth fast for ever.
 
The hills stand about Jerusalem; * even so standeth the LORD round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
 
For the sceptre of the ungodly shall not abide upon the lot of the righteous; * lest the righteous put their hand unto wickedness.
 
Do well, O LORD, * unto those that are good and true of heart.
 
As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness, * the LORD shall lead them forth with the evil doers; but peace shall be upon Israel.


Psalm 127


The One Hundred Twenty Seventh Psalm

Nisi Dominus.


EXCEPT the LORD build the house, * their labour is but lost that build it.
 
Except the LORD keep the city, * the watchman waketh but in vain.
 
It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness; * for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
 
Lo, children, and the fruit of the womb, * are an heritage and gift that cometh of the LORD.
 
Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant, * even so are the young children.
 
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; * they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.


Psalm 130


The One Hundred Thirtieth Psalm

De profundis.


OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, O LORD; * Lord, hear my voice.
 
O let thine ears consider well * the voice of my complaint.
 
If thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss, * O Lord, who may abide it?
 
For there is mercy with thee; * therefore shalt thou be feared.
 
I look for the LORD; my soul doth wait for him; * in his word is my trust.
 
My soul fleeth unto the Lord before the morning watch; * I say, before the morning watch.
 
O Israel, trust in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, * and with him is plenteous redemption.
 
And he shall redeem Israel * from all his sins.



 

The First Lesson


II Samuel 7:18


Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant. For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 23:39-49

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.



 

The Collect

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.



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