Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Second Sunday before Advent
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
NOT unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise; * for thy loving mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
Wherefore shall the heathen say, * Where is now their God?
As for our God, he is in heaven: * he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
Their idols are silver and gold, * even the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, and see not.
They have ears, and hear not; * noses have they, and smell not.
They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not; * neither speak they through their throat.
They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all such as put their trust in them.
But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
Ye that fear the LORD, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
The LORD hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us; * even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron.
He shall bless them that fear the LORD, * both small and great.
The LORD shall increase you more and more, * you and your children.
Ye are the blessed of the LORD, * who made heaven and earth.
All the whole heavens are the LORD'S; * the earth hath he given to the children of men.
The dead praise not thee, O LORD, * neither all they that go down into silence.
But we will praise the LORD, * from this time forth for evermore. Praise the LORD.
How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills. For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her. They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
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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