Morning Prayer Readings
Tuesday after Second Sunday before Advent
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.
Who can express the noble acts of the LORD, * or show forth all his praise?
Blessed are they that alway keep judgment, * and do righteousness.
Remember me, O LORD, according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy people; * O visit me with thy salvation;
That I may see the felicity of thy chosen, * and rejoice in the gladness of thy people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.
We have sinned with our fathers; * we have done amiss, and dealt wickedly.
Our fathers regarded not thy wonders in Egypt, neither kept they thy great goodness in remembrance; * but were disobedient at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
Nevertheless, he helped them for his Name's sake, * that he might make his power to be known.
He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up; * so he led them through the deep, as through a wilderness.
And he saved them from the adversary's hand, * and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.
As for those that troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them; * there was not one of them left.
Then believed they his words, * and sang praise unto him.
But within a while they forgat his works, * and would not abide his counsel.
But lust came upon them in the wilderness, * and they tempted God in the desert.
And he gave them their desire, * and sent leanness withal into their soul.
They angered Moses also in the tents, * and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
So the earth opened, and swallowed up Dathan, * and covered the congregation of Abiram.
And the fire was kindled in their company; * the flame burnt up the ungodly.
They made a calf in Horeb, * and worshipped the molten image.
Thus they turned their glory * into the similitude of a calf that eateth hay.
And they forgat God their Saviour, * who had done so great things in Egypt;
Wondrous works in the land of Ham; * and fearful things by the Red Sea.
So he said he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the gap, * to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest he should destroy them.
Yea, they thought scorn of that pleasant land, * and gave no credence unto his word;
But murmured in their tents, * and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
Then lift he up his hand against them, * to overthrow them in the wilderness;
To cast out their seed among the nations, * and to scatter them in the lands.
They joined themselves unto Baal-peor, * and ate the offerings of the dead.
Thus they provoked him to anger with their own inventions; * and the plague was great among them.
Then stood up Phinehas, and interposed; * and so the plague ceased.
And that was counted unto him for righteousness, * among all posterities for evermore.
They angered him also at the waters of strife, * so that he punished Moses for their sakes;
Because they provoked his spirit, * so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
Neither destroyed they the heathen, * as the LORD commanded them;
But were mingled among the heathen, * and learned their works.
Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which became a snare unto them; * yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils;
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, * whom they offered unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was defiled with blood.
Thus were they stained with their own works, * and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, * insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them over into the hand of the heathen; * and they that hated them were lords over them.
Their enemies oppressed them, * and had them in subjection.
Many a time did he deliver them; * but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.
Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity, * he heard their complaint.
He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them, according unto the multitude of his mercies; * yea, he made all those that led them away captive to pity them.
Deliver us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen; * that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, from everlasting, and world without end; * And let all the people say, Amen.
The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress. For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed. Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the Lord hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them. The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls. Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death. They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me. Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
O LORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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