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Ember Saturday

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 132


The One Hundred Thirty Second Psalm

Memento, Domine.


LORD, remember David, * and all his trouble:
 
How he sware unto the LORD, * and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob:
 
I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house, * nor climb up into my bed;
 
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyelids to slumber; * neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
 
Until I find out a place for the temple of the LORD; * an habitation for the Mighty God of Jacob.
 
Lo, we heard of the same at Ephratah, * and found it in the wood.
 
We will go into his tabernacle, * and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
 
Arise, O LORD, into thy resting-place; * thou, and the ark of thy strength.
 
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; * and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.
 
For thy servant David's sake, * turn not away the face of thine anointed.
 
The LORD hath made a faithful oath unto David, * and he shall not shrink from it:
 
Of the fruit of thy body * shall I set upon thy throne.
 
If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall teach them; * their children also shall sit upon thy throne for evermore.
 
For the LORD hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself; * he hath longed for her.
 
This shall be my rest for ever: * here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
 
I will bless her victuals with increase, * and will satisfy her poor with bread.
 
I will deck her priests with health, * and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
 
There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: * I have ordained a lantern for mine anointed.
 
As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame; * but upon himself shall his crown flourish.



 

The First Lesson


Ezekiel 33:1-9


Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.



 

The Second Lesson

II Corinthians 6:1-10

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.



 

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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