Morning Prayer Readings
Second Sunday after Christmas
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
THOU, O God, art praised in Sion; * and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem.
Thou that hearest the prayer, * unto thee shall all flesh come.
My misdeeds prevail against me: * O be thou merciful unto our sins.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and receivest unto thee: * he shall dwell in thy court, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Thou shalt show us wonderful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation; * thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea.
Who in his strength setteth fast the mountains, * and is girded about with power.
Who stilleth the raging of the sea, * and the noise of his waves, and the madness of the peoples.
They also that dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth shall be afraid at thy tokens, * thou that makest the out-goings of the morning and evening to praise thee.
Thou visitest the earth, and blessest it; * thou makest it very plenteous.
The river of God is full of water: * thou preparest their corn, for so thou providest for the earth.
Thou waterest her furrows; thou sendest rain into the little valleys thereof; * thou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it.
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; * and thy clouds drop fatness.
They shall drop upon the dwellings of the wilderness; * and the little hills shall rejoice on every side.
The folds shall be full of sheep; * the valleys also shall stand so thick with corn, that they shall laugh and sing.
I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills; * from whence cometh my help?
My help cometh even from the LORD, * who hath made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; * and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD himself is thy keeper; * the LORD is thy defence upon thy right hand;
So that the sun shall not burn thee by day, * neither the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil; * yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.
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.
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel. Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word; Grant that the same light enkindled in our hearts may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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