Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Third Sunday before Advent
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
BOW down thine ear, O LORD, and hear me; * for I am poor, and in misery.
Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: * my God, save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee.
Be merciful unto me, O Lord; * for I will call daily upon thee.
Comfort the soul of thy servant; * for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For thou, Lord, art good and gracious, * and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Give ear, LORD, unto my prayer, * and ponder the voice of my humble desires.
In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee; * for thou hearest me.
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; * there is not one that can do as thou doest.
All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship thee, O Lord; * and shall glorify thy Name.
For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: * thou art God alone.
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and I will walk in thy truth: * O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.
I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart; * and will praise thy Name for evermore.
For great is thy mercy toward me; * and thou hast delivered my soul from the nethermost hell.
O God, the proud are risen against me; * and the congregations of violent men have sought after my soul, and have not set thee before their eyes.
But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy, * long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.
O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me; * give thy strength unto thy servant, and help the son of thine handmaid.
Show some token upon me for good; that they who hate me may see it, and be ashamed, * because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the Lord of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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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