Morning Prayer Readings
Ember Wednesday

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 1


The First Psalm

Beatus vir qui non abiit.


BLESSED is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, * and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
 
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; * and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
 
And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side, * that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
 
His leaf also shall not wither; * and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
 
As for the ungodly, it is not so with them; * but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
 
Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgment, * neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
 
But the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous; * and the way of the ungodly shall perish.


Psalm 15


The Fifteenth Psalm

Domine, quis habitabit?


LORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? * or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?
 
Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life, * and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
 
He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour, * and hath not slandered his neighbour.
 
He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes, * and maketh much of them that fear the LORD.
 
He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not, * though it were to his own hindrance.
 
He that hath not given his money upon usury, * nor taken reward against the innocent.
 
Whoso doeth these things * shall never fall.



 

The First Lesson


Deuteronomy 18:15


The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.



 

The Second Lesson

I Corinthians 1:1-18

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.



 

The Collect

Ember Days

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation; We humbly beseech thee, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind may be drawn to thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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