Morning Prayer Readings
Friday after Trinity 23

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 54


The Fifty-Fourth Psalm

Deus, in nomine.


SAVE me, O God, for thy Name's sake, * and avenge me in thy strength.
 
Hear my prayer, O God, * and hearken unto the words of my mouth.
 
For strangers are risen up against me; * and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
 
Behold, God is my helper; * the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
 
He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: * destroy thou them in thy truth.
 
An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O LORD; * because it is so comfortable.
 
For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble; * and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.


Psalm 61


The Sixty-First Psalm

Exaudi, Deus.


HEAR my crying, O God, * give ear unto my prayer.
 
From the ends of the earth will I call upon thee, * when my heart is in heaviness.
 
O set me up upon the rock that is higher than I; * for thou hast been my hope, and a strong tower for me against the enemy.
 
I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever, * and my trust shall be under the covering of thy wings.
 
For thou, O Lord, hast heard my desires, * and hast given an heritage unto those that fear thy Name.
 
Thou shalt grant the King a long life, * that his years may endure throughout all generations.
 
He shall dwell before God for ever: * O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him.
 
So will I alway sing praise unto thy Name, * that I may daily perform my vows.



 

The First Lesson


Jeremiah 36:20-26


And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king. So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king. Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words. Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them. But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the Lord hid them.



 

The Second Lesson

Colossians 3:12-17

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.



 

The Collect

Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness; Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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